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Imperial War Museum!

The last year has been a period of reflection for many. Imperial War Museums (IWM), a family of five museums (IWM London, IWM North, IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast) our home to some of the richest records and objects from Britain’s turbulent and uncertain past uncovers the causes, course and consequences of war, from the First World War through to the present day. The museums, like so many across the land, have been closed during the pandemic, but will re‐open on 19th May, except for Duxford Outdoors whose grounds are now open to the public, and HMS Belfast will reopen in July following major redevelopments.
 
Their 2021 programme of events is quite literally jam‐packed with a rich and varied series of exhibitions, events and landmark re‐openings across all five IWM sites. From air shows to newly acquired artworks, HMS Belfast re‐opening, and events to mark the 20‐year anniversary since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, there is something to see every month until the end of the year.  Here’s a snapshot:
 
20th Anniversary of 9/11 
Marking 20 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, IWM will commemorate the events of 9/11 in 2021, exploring the global scale of the moment and its impact on people’s lives, both in the UK and around the world, through new acquisitions and anniversary events. More information about how IWM intends to mark this anniversary will be shared in 2021.
 
Holocaust Survivors Exhibition 
Scheduled to open at IWM London next summer, Holocaust Survivors will feature photography by Royal Photographic Society (RPS) patron The Duchess of Cambridge, alongside portraits by photographers Jillian Edelstein HonFRPS and Frederic Aranda, as well as Fellows and members of the RPS.
 
These powerful portraits will all depict the special connections between survivors and the younger generations of their families. Holocaust Survivors aims to remind visitors of our collective responsibility to remember and share stories about those who endured conflict and persecution.
 
Second World War and Holocaust Galleries 
In autumn 2021, IWM will unveil its ground-breaking new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries. Dedicated to conserving, displaying and interpreting stories of the most devastating conflict in human history, the £30.5 million project will see IWM London become the first museum in the world to physically and intellectually present the Holocaust narrative within the context of the Second World War.
 
Spanning two floors and occupying over 3000m2, these new galleries will bring together the stories of real people from diverse communities to create an accessible, engaging narrative which preserves memory of this era-defining moment for a new generation of museum visitors.
 
Poppies Permanent Display
Following the success of Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window, which toured to IWM London and IWM North during the final year of the First World War centenary, 2021 will see the iconic sculptures return to IWM North and permanently displayed for the first time.
 
Conceived by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of the Tower of London installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, the tour of the poppies sculptures around the UK encouraged millions of people across the country to reflect on their own links to the First World War as a shared experience.
 
 
HMS Belfast Re-opening


HMS Belfast, River Thames
 
2021 marks fifty years since HMS Belfast settled at her Thameside home in the heart of London. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, IWM will welcome visitors back on board in summer 2021 for the first time since March 2020, offering unprecedented access to newly opened spaces and a major refresh of existing exhibitions.
 
From D-Day to the Korean War, refurbished content and brand-new experiences will tell key stories from HMS Belfast’s 25-year service history, revealing the places the ship visited and the lives of the crew on board.

 
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