IWM London re-opens 19 July

Officers and men of the 10th Battalion, Notts. and Derby Regiment with wearing captured German helmets. Image © IWM (Q 130).

Officers and men of the 10th Battalion, Notts. and Derby Regiment with wearing captured German helmets. Image © IWM (Q 130).

With IWM London re-opening to the public this weekend, find out how you can use Lives of the First World War to enrich your visit.

IWM London tells the stories of people’s experiences of modern war and conflict. On 19 July 2014 the museum re-opens with new galleries, exhibitions and an improved visitor experience. Lives of the First World War gives you the opportunity to explore IWM’s collections in a totally new way, uncovering more about the First World War life stories behind many of the objects in the museum. Here are just a few ways you can use Lives of the First World War to enrich your visit:

New First World War galleries

Informal portrait of Captain Charles Bean, Australian Official War Correspondent. Image © E(AUS) 572.

Informal portrait of Captain Charles Bean, Australian Official War Correspondent. Image © E(AUS) 572.

The brand new First World War galleries tell the story of the war through the lives of those who experienced it both on the front line and the home front.lebron air max vii

Many of the life stories behind the objects in the gallery feature on Lives of the First World War, meaning that after your visit (or even during, if you have a smart phone or tablet to hand!) you can search for their life story page on the site, and find out more about their experience of the war. If you’re interested in going that step further, you could even help us to uncover more about their lives, adding facts and sources to their life story pages on the site, using objects from your family collection or the official records we hold on the site.new balance 881

View our Community Page for life stories from the First World War galleries

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

A Battery Shelled (1919) by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Image © IWM (IWM_ART_002747)

A Battery Shelled (1919) by Percy Wyndham Lewis. Image © IWM (IWM_ART_002747)

Truth and Memory is the largest exhibition of British First World War art for almost 100 years, featuring iconic paintings by the likes of Paul Nash, Percy Wyndham Lewis, CRW Nevinson and William Orpen.

Each of the paintings represents the artist’s individual response to the First World War, and through Lives of the First World War you can uncover more about each of their life stories and how their experience of the war shaped the artworks you can see in the exhibition.

View our Community page for the Artists Rifles

Explore your own connection to the First World War

Inspired by your trip to find out more about your own connection to the First World War? You could use Lives of the First World War to search for a relative that might have served in the First World War, search for someone who lived on your street, or even just look for Life Stories that interest you.

View our featured Life Stories

 

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