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Imperial War Museum London reopens to the public

First World War galleries showcases new exhibitions for everyone to enjoy.

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HRH Price William visiting IWM London

To mark the start of the Centenary of the First World War, IWM London has opened permanent First World War Galleries. Visitors can discover the story of the war through the eyes of people in Britain and its empire, both on the home front and the fighting fronts. They will see how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its global impact.

The new galleries are part of the wider transformation of IWM London which includes a newly configured Atrium with iconic large object displays and a number of new exhibitions, public spaces, shops and cafes.

The £40 million transformation has been made possible by a number of funders, including a grant of £6.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £5 million from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Visitors can view over 1,300 objects on display, many of which have never been seen before. They range from weapons, uniforms and equipment to diaries and letters, keepsakes and trinkets, photographs, film and art.

Watch an animated video from the Imperial War Museum showing the Flight of the Stories.

Flight of the Stories.

Further information

Imperial War Museums website

Published 22 July 2014