Magazine article Geographical

The Imperial War Museum

Magazine article Geographical

The Imperial War Museum

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When was the museum first founded?

In 1917, the government decided that a national war museum should be set up to display material related to the First World War, which was then still being fought. It was opened at the Crystal Palace by King George V on 9 June 1920. From 1924 to 1935 the museum was housed in two galleries adjoining the former Imperial Institute in South Kensington. On 7 July 1936, the Duke of York, shortly to become King George VI, re-opened the museum in its present home.

What does the museum do?

The museum has an incomparable collection that covers all aspects of 20th- and 21st-century conflict involving Britain and the Commonwealth. Collections Online provides access to large parts of this rich resource and is continually updated. Web users can now view more than 6,000 highlights from the collection, including photos, works of art and audio extracts, as well as detailed catalogue information on more than 160,000 items. …

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