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Discover the history of modern Warfare from WWI

Are you into history? If you are keen to learn about the history of modern warfare from World War I to the present day, you should visit one of five impressive Imperial War Museums (IWM) in England. Three of these are in London and Lambeth residents are fortunate enough to have one right on their doorstep.

TheImperial War Museum, established in 1917, was itself affected by war. It was originally located in Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill and was opened to the public by the King in 1920. But Crystal Palace was not a permanent home for the IWM and in 1924 it moved to a space in the Imperial Institute in South Kensington, and then on to Bethlem Royal Hospital in Southwark in 1936. The museum’s collections were extended with the Second World War and the IWM redeveloped its Southwark building in the 1960s. Other IWMs soon followed– in1976the IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire, in 1978 the Royal Navy Cruiser HMS Belfast and in 1984 the Cabinet War Rooms. The most recent addition is the IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester, which opened in 2002.

The IWM aims to “provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and wartime experience”. The museum has some permanent exhibitions with different topics from all over the world such as the Holocaust Exhibition, Secret War, and First World War Galleries. In addition to these permanent exhibitions, you can find up to date exhibitions about the ongoing conflict in Syria and the operations of the British army in Helmand Province, Afghanistan – but do not forget they are only there for a limited time. So: hurry up and visit these excellent exhibitions while you can.

Opening Times: Everyday between 10 am and 6 pm, including Bank Holidays

Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

T: +44 (0)20 7416 5000

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