Imperial War Museums announces 2018 programme
IWM will present Making a New World, a season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences at IWM London and IWM North in 2018, which will explore how World War I shaped the society we live in today.
Opening at IWM North on 27 July 2018, the major exhibition Lest We Forget? will explore how symbols of commemoration - from the poppy to the two minute silence - have endured for a century, but also sparked controversy
At IWM London, Generation Hope: Life after the First World War, opening on 21 September 2018, is a major exhibition about hope and aspiration in the decade following World War I. The exhibition will take visitors from the immediate aftermath of the war to the heart of the roaring twenties, as people attempted to shape a new world and enjoy more social and political freedoms. It will showcase developments in art, literature, film, fashion and technology as well as examining the difficult realities of this era, which saw a rise in political extremes and economic highs and lows.
Further displays at IWM London from September 2018 will include Moments of Silence, an immersive, installation provoking visitors to reflect on the rituals of silence and remembrance in 2018; a powerfully intimate sound installation where visitors can hear from those who lived through World War I; and Renewal, a photography exhibition capturing the revival of hope and human spirit in the aftermath of war and conflict.
IWM will also present Wave and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. Wave will be at IWM North from 8 September to 25 November 2018 and Weeping Window will be at IWM London from 6 October to 18 November 2018. These two poppy sculptures have been gifted to 14-18 NOW and IWM, and will become part of IWM’s permanent collection at the end of the UK tour.
IWM will also be marking significant anniversaries at its World War II historic sites. On 17 March 2018, IWM will commemorate 80 years since the launch of HMS Belfast, whilst IWM Duxford will mark RAF 100 and the site’s role as an active RAF airfield. At Churchill War Rooms, visitors will be able to take part in a newly commissioned immersive experience, discovering the stories hidden beneath the streets of Westminster after hours.
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