LONDON | The Imperial War Museum London has the remit of including all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces have been involved since 1914, and aims “to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and ‘wartime experience'”. The museum has occupied the former Bethlem Royal Hospital (once known as ‘Bedlam’) on Lambeth Road since 1936 and underwent a major refit designed by architects Foster & Partners in 2014.
The central hall features an assortment of war machinery – guns, tanks, aircraft and the like and leads to the other sections of the museum. Exhibits on World Wars I and II are extensive, while the Holocaust Exhibition and Crimes Against Humanity space are thorough and confronting. Uniforms, posters, photos, video and more all come together in this very well curated museum to try and convey a true understanding of the horrors of war and its wide reaching effects on those fighting in war and the lives of everyday people not directly involved.
The museum also has two other branches in London (HMS Belfast, Churchill War Rooms), one in Cambridgeshire (Imperial War Museum Duxford), and on in Manchester (Imperial War Museum North). All are worth visiting.
Imperial War Museum London
London SE1 6HZ
Telephone: 020 7416 5000