2015 at IWM - Imperial War Museum

What’s On at Imperial War Museums in 2015
Major Exhibitions
5 March 2015
– 31 Aug 2015
Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style
IWM London
Press View:
4 March
Explore how fashion survived and even flourished under the strict rules of rationing
during the Second World War in new and unexpected ways, in this major exhibition at
IWM London.
Adults £10
Concessions £7
Children (15 and
under) £5
11 July 2015
- Feb 2016
Press View:
9 July
Discover how men and women of Britain found new ways to dress, from adopting
more casual styles to demonstrating amazing ingenuity in renovating, recycling and
creating their own clothes. See uniforms and textiles from wartime Britain and
discover the impact of the war on people’s lives – on what they wore, their sense of
identity, and how they coped with the demands and deprivations of shortages and
Horrible Histories© : Blitzed Brits
IWM North, Special Exhibitions Gallery
Marking the 75th anniversary of the Blitz during the Second World War, visitors can
discover how people lived through one of the most challenging times in British
history. Objects, photographs, art, film and sound recordings reveal personal stories
– some on display for the first time – from IWM’s unrivalled collections, narrated with
the words of Horrible Histories author Terry Deary and new animations by illustrator
Martin Brown.
Discover why war was woeful for those who stayed at home and how they survived
being blitzed by bombs. Step into a 1940s house, brave the Blitz experience, sniff
your way through stinky smells and get hands on with intriguing interactives. Created
with Horrible Histories in partnership with Scholastic Children’s books.
14 May 2015
– 30 May 2016
Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist
IWM London
Press View:
12 May
In the first major retrospective of his work, Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist
examines the art and practice of arguably Britain’s most important political artist.
In a career spanning 50 years Peter Kennard’s imagery has become synonymous with
political activism. Working outside of the established art system, his iconic artworks
have come to represent the protest movement and have inspired many of today’s
politically-minded artists including Mark Wallinger and Banksy.
Visitors will learn of the artist’s motivations and methods, in particular his consistent
reworking and reinterpretation of key images. Starting with his Decoration painting
series (2004), the exhibition will move on to look at his seminal STOP paintings,
created while still an art student in the early 1970s. It will showcase Kennard’s iconic
photomontages from the 1980s, centred on the anti-nuclear campaigns of CND and
the international arms trade, before concluding with a brand new art installation in
which Kennard makes his own innovative and personal appraisal of his career.
15 October 2015 31 January 2016
Press View:
Early October (Date
Tickets information
available soon.
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Lee Miller: A Woman’s War
Sponsored by Barclays
IWM London
This major exhibition, presented by IWM London in collaboration with the Lee Miller
Archive, will examine the impact of the Second World War on women’s lives as
portrayed in the photography of Lee Miller, one of the most important female war
photographers of the twentieth century. This will be the first exhibition to address Lee
Miller’s vision of gender and will feature photographs, objects, art and personal
ephemera, many of which have never been displayed before. Lee Miller: A Woman’s
War will also be accompanied by a major book, published by Thames & Hudson.
Art Displays and Exhibitions
19 February 2015
– 4 May 2015
IWM Contemporary: Hew Locke
IWM London
The latest show in our IWM Contemporary programme features new and existing
works by artist Hew Locke, exploring and interrogating naval power. The exercise of
control over sea highways which fuel trade, travel and cultural exchange, continues
to define power relations between countries.
The show will feature a large scale cord and bead wall drawing created especially for
the exhibition, a transformed ship model and a unique painted photograph of HMS
Belfast, the Second World War cruiser on the Thames which is part of the IWM
museum family.
21 February 2015 –
6 September 2016
IWM North, WaterWay Gallery
Press View:
19 February
This small, artistic display explores the impact of British and US armed forces leaving
Afghanistan in late 2014. The withdrawal is documented through new drawings by a
leading illustrator. The illustrations - created in situ and on public display for the first
time - explore how life continues for Afghanistan’s civilians during and after the
forces’ exit.
26 March 2015
– 7 Sep 2015
Hew Locke at HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
Press View:
25 March
IWM has invited artist Hew Locke to imaginatively transform the experience of HMS
Belfast, bringing to life the stories of people on board the ship, exploring the joys and
dangers of life at sea, through a creative and surprising art installation.
Included in HMS
Belfast Ticket Prices
2 April 2015
– 25 September
More details will be available in the new year.
Visions of War Above and Below
IWM London
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries the development of flight and aerial warfare
has informed and inspired new artistic perspectives.
Visions of War Above and Below shows a variety of imaginative responses to conflict,
from surreal depictions of aircraft as creatures, to abstract views of bombing raids
and detailed drawings of life in submarines. These artworks, spanning the First World
War through to 21st century conflict, are brought together in order to present
multiple viewpoints of war above and below.
4 June 2015
– 6 Sept 2015
Press View:
Throughout 2015
Highlights from IWM’s art collection include Paul Nash’s Battle of Germany (1944) and
Alison Wilding’s Drones drawings (2012), together with new additions to the
collection on display for the first time. Among these is Bashar Alhroub’s video work
Heavenly (2010), a joint acquisition with Wolverhampton Art Gallery funded by Art
Fund’s Renew scheme.
IWM Contemporary: Imogen Stidworthy
IWM London
IWM London presents The Work v5, a sculptural sound installation by British artist
Imogen Stidworthy. This piece was developed through dialogue with two former
British soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, and the wife of one of
the soldiers, who lives with the effects of war at home. In The Work v5, Stidworthy
uses the voice as a sculptural material, engrained with traces of experience.
IWM North
IWM has been collecting and commissioning artistic responses to conflict since the
First World War. This season of art installations and live performances – specially
commissioned by IWM North - will unveil new and unique ways to explore the impact
of the conflict on everyone involved. Throughout the year, a mix of emerging and
established artists from a range of artistic disciplines will reveal new and original
Holocaust Anniversary (70 years)
Monday 19 January
– Saturday 31
Holocaust Memorial Day Events
IWM North
70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, events and
displays at IWM North, will explore the theme of Keeping The Memory Alive.
On Sunday 25 January the acclaimed music ensemble, The Burning Bush, led by Lucie
Skeaping, will take over IWM North’s Main Exhibition Space to perform traditional
music and song from diverse Jewish cultures. Meanwhile a fortnight of storytelling for
families will be accompanied by A Closer Look tours for all visitors exploring stories
and objects on display, such as that of Ruth Wasserman, who came to Britain on the
Kindertransport in 1939 and Leslie Hardman, Jewish Chaplain with the British Army
who entered Bergen-Belsen concentration camp two days after its liberation.
All Year
Holocaust Exhibition at IWM London
This highly-acclaimed permanent exhibition uses film, photographs and a large
number of rare artefacts – many brought from Germany and Eastern Europe – to
document the history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews and other groups before
and during the Second World War.
Recommended for
children aged 14
and above
The Exhibition features over 600 objects, from moving testimonies of survivors and a
13 metre long model depicting events at Auschwitz-Birkenau, through to the letters
of an eight year old French Jewish boy who hid in an orphanage before his betrayal
and deportation to Auschwitz.
April 2015
Film Screening - German Concentration Camps Factual Survey
Dates TBC
Following its screening at a series of internationally acclaimed film festivals, with its
world premiere at Berlin and a sell-out screening at the BFI London Film Festival, IWM
will be presenting the official documentary – German Concentration Camps Factual
Survey – to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen.
Described by critics as ‘an impressive and important piece of filmmaking, restored
with intelligence and care by the museum’, German Concentration Camps Factual
Survey, a documentary about German atrocities and the concentration camps has
been digitally restored to the instructions laid down by the original production team
in 1945.
Major Events and Second World War Anniversaries
23 and 24 May 2015
Times and Ticket
Information available
VE Day Anniversary Air Show
IWM Duxford
The VE Day Anniversary Air Show pays tribute to the men, women and children who
endured six years of conflict on the fighting fronts and the Home Front of the
Second World War.
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Our flying display honours the Allied forces, and their aircraft, from across the world,
which contributed towards Victory in Europe. Across IWM Duxford, we remember
the fortitude of the British people on the Home Front and evoke the spirit of
celebration and weary relief with which they marked VE Day.
19 and 20
September , 2015
Battle of Britain Air Show
IWM Duxford
Times and Ticket
Information available
The Battle of Britain Anniversary Air Show commemorates the 75 th anniversary of
the aerial battle that proved a strategic turning point in the Second World War.
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We remember RAF Duxford’s role in the Battle of Britain, as the home of the first
squadron to fly Spitfires and also for some of the RAF’s best-known fighter pilots,
including Douglas Bader.
We honour the men and women who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure
that those iconic aircraft took to the skies to continue the fight for aerial
12 September 2015
– February 2016
Mixing It (working title)
IWM North, WaterWay Gallery
On display for the first time, Mixing It will reveal the forgotten histories of service
personnel who came to Britain and were stationed in North West England during
the Second World War.
With large-scale movements of people to Britain – chiefly from the British Empire,
Europe and America – the national and ethnic diversity of the population in Britain
during the Second World War was unprecedented, but this has played little part in
public memories of the conflict.
This small, powerful display will be based on the first major research project ever
conducted into the cultural and social history of wartime diversity. Specially
recorded oral history and new research by the University of Huddersfield in
partnership with IWM, presented alongside archive material, will reveal personal
stories never told publicly before.
11 and 12 July 2015
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Information available
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Flying Legends Air Show
IWM Duxford
The Flying Legends Air Show is famous the world over for its unique presentations
of historic piston-engined aircraft in rare combinations and remarkable flying
displays. Complementing dramatic displays in the air is the authentic 1940s
atmosphere that can be experienced across IWM Duxford.
The flying display promises an unmissable fusion of power, sound, excitement and
nostalgia as iconic piston-engined aircraft from across the globe perform their
breathtaking flights over IWM Duxford’s historic airfield.
The balbo, a massed-formation finale, featuring many of the aircraft which have
taken part in the stunning flying display, is unique to the Flying Legends Air Show
and a world-renowned spectacle.
Last chance to see…
From Street to Trench: A War That Shaped a Region
IWM North, Special Exhibitions Gallery
Until 31 May
The largest exhibition ever created exploring the North West of England during the First
World War, From Street to Trench features extraordinary and surprising personal stories with objects never before on public display.
Discover how the society we live in today was born out of the rapid changes that resulted
from the First World War. In 2015, 100 years after the landings at Gallipoli and the sinking
of the Lusitania, the exhibition illustrates how the people of that region played a significant
role in global events.
Major Art
Truth and Memory
IWM London
Until 8 March
Critically acclaimed Truth and Memory is the largest exhibition and first major
retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years and includes work by some
of the most important artists of the twentieth century. This exhibition, featuring over 100
works including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings assesses the immediate impact
and enduring legacy of British art of the First World War.
For more information or images please contact:
IWM London, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast:
Nina Dellow – 020 7091 3069 / [email protected] ;
Rosie Linton – 020 7416 5436 / [email protected]
IWM North
Alex Knight on [email protected] / 0161 836 4040
Lorna McBride on [email protected] / 0161 836 4046
IWM Duxford – Esther Blaine on [email protected] / 01223 499 320
Opening Times and Admissions:
 IWM London: Open daily* 10am – 6pm. Free admission
IWM North: Open daily* 10am – 5pm. Free admission
IWM Duxford: Open daily*: Summer 10am – 6pm; Winter 10am – 4pm
o Adult £17.50; Child (5 – 15) £8.75; Child (under 5) Free; Family Tickets (depending on family size)
£30 – 46; Concession £14. Group Rates available
HMS Belfast: Open daily*: Jan – Feb, 10am – 5pm; March – October, 10am – 6pm
o Adult £16; Child (5 – 15) £8; Child (under 5) Free; Family Tickets (depending on family size), £28 £42; Concession £12.80. Group Rates available
Churchill War Rooms: Open daily* 9.30am – 6pm.
o Adult £18; Child (5- 15) £9; Child (under 5) Free; Family Tickets (depending on family size) £31.50 £47.25); Concession £14.40. Group Rates available
*All of our branches are closed on 24, 25 and 26 December.
Notes to Editors:
About Barclays
Sponsor of major exhibition Lee Miller: A Woman’s War at IWM London
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and
investment banking and wealth and investment management with an extensive international presence in Europe,
the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays’ purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. With
over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and
employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and
clients worldwide.
For further information about Barclays please visit our website at www.barclays.com
IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving
Britain and the Commonwealth since the First World War.
Our unique Collections, made up of the everyday and the exceptional, reveal stories of people, places, ideas and
events. Using these, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five
museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative force. We challenge people to look at
conflict from different perspectives, enriching their understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war
and its impact on people’s lives.
IWM’s five branches which attract over 2 million visitors each year are IWM London, IWM’s flagship branch that
recently transformed with new, permanent and free First World War Galleries alongside new displays across the
iconic Atrium to mark the Centenary of the First World War; IWM North, housed in an iconic award-winning building
designed by Daniel Libeskind; IWM Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and Britain's best preserved
wartime airfield; Churchill War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; and the Second
World War cruiser HMS Belfast.
First World War Centenary
2014 - 2018 marks the centenary of the First World War, a landmark anniversary for Britain
and the world. IWM will mark the centenary by leading a vibrant, four year programme of
cultural activities across the country, which included the opening of brand new First World War
Galleries at IWM London in 2014. www.1914.org