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Visit the Imperial War Museum for Culture Under Attack

14 November 2019 | Maisy Farren

Art, music and heritage – three cultural industries that London offers plenty of remarkable offerings in. This winter, the Imperial War Museum are exploring these cultures in times of war. At the end of each exhibition you’re asked an important question about the importance of culture in war, and an interactive display lets you compare your answers to previous visitors. Visit the IMW London to check out their three free exhibitions and selection of live events.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What Remains 
 
In a stunning display of photography, artefacts and first-hand audio experiences, What Remains offers a look at ruined heritage sites in war-torn locations. Spanning 100 years of conflict, the exhibition displays instances of both purposeful and accidental destruction across the globe. It also displays instances of preservation, highlighting brave individuals who have risked their lives to restore historic attractions and artefacts to their former glory, along with asking whether heritage sites should be restored exactly as they used to be or modernised to fit our evolving society. 
 
Art in Exile

 
As World War II descended on London, what happened to the vast selection of vital art works that lived in our many galleries and museums? Well, Art in Exile gives a fascinating look into the evacuation of art from the IWM itself. View exclusive photographs and never-before-seen evacuation plans that show what happened to artworks in the late 1939. Amazingly just 1% of the museum’s collection was marked for evacuation, and an interesting display of works in the exhibition shows you how the works were prioritised. Of course, it wasn’t just the IWM that had works to protect. The exhibition also displays how the V&A, British Museum and The National Gallery used government funding to store priceless works in secluded country locations and even underground mines. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rebel Sounds
 
An ever contested form of expression, music has so often been used to oppress people in history. Rebel Sounds is a fascinating experience of rebellious music production, featuring immersive audio, historic live footage and interesting personal accounts. Learn about the Nazi Swing Groups of the 30’s, the existence of punk throughout The Troubles in the 70s and even present day conflict in Northern Mali. 
 
This latter experience comes from Songhoy Blues, a traditional Malian desert blues band who have been exiled from their homes under Sharia Law. These brave musicians will, in fact, perform a 40-minute live show in the IWM’s atrium on 1 December 2019. Hear songs from their albums Music in Exile and Resistance for free at 2pm before exploring the exhibition itself. 
 
This exhibition is open now until 5 January 2020 and is free admission. Click here for more information. 
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