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Last week IWM London re-opened with our new First World War Galleries and transformed atrium. One of the many iconic objects you can see as you enter the museum is our V2 rocket from the Second World War. Measuring over 14 metres in height, here you can see how we transported it into the building.

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This Saturday – 19 April – marks the three month countdown to our re-opening on 19 July.

While we’ve been busy updating on all the activity taking place behind the scenes here are our top five things to see when we re-open this summer.

First World War Galleries

Our new First World War Galleries will present the story of the war – how it started, why it continued and its global impact, through the lives and viewpoints of those who experienced it at the time.

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December 2013 saw the return of one of our most iconic objects – the V2 rocket. The rocket is now in place in our new atrium.

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IWM London now – partially – reopen

Last week IWM London partially re-opened. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll know that we are transforming IWM London to mark the Centenary of the First World War in 2014, creating new spaces and new ways for you to explore our unique collections.

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Over the course of three evenings last week, our team faced the rather large task of preparing, lowering and moving the 15m long V2 rocket that has towered over our Large Exhibits Gallery since 1989.

See more photos of the move.

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The remains of Surrey Lodge following a V2 explosion in 1945

The remains of Surrey Lodge, an apartment building destroyed by a V2 rocket on 4 January 1945. The photograph was apparently taken on the following day and graphically shows how a 5 storey building was reduced to rubble. Image courtesy of Lambeth Archives.

Barely 150 metres from IWM London today is the site of the most destructive explosion in Lambeth during the Second World War, which killed 43 people.  Just before 8.30pm on the night of Thursday 4 January 1945 a huge explosion destroyed an apartment building, Surrey Lodge, on the corner of Kennington Road and Lambeth Road. The old Lambeth Baths and a chapel on the opposite side of Lambeth Road were also severely damaged.  The blast also extensively damaged the northern and western sides of the Imperial War Museum as well as many surrounding buildings.

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