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Imperial War Museums

New Second World War and Holocaust Galleries

Help IWM keep the first-hand testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors alive, as the Second World War and the Holocaust passes out of living memory.
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A study of 8,000 English secondary school pupils showed that 63% of young people did not know what the term antisemitism meant.* It's as urgent now as any time to increase the public understanding of the Second World War and Holocaust.

IWM London's transformation is the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War and Holocaust galleries under the same roof, changing the way young people understand the past for generations to come.

Over the last year, IWM has suffered a dramatic loss of revenue through the closure of our venues. Thanks to a very generous group of supporters we have recently opened our new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries to the public in October 2021. Please consider supporting the continued conservation and preservation of these Galleries as an essential educational resource for future generations.

As a charity, IWM needs your help to continue the preservation of these dynamic and innovative galleries for years to come.

Supporting IWM is an honour and a responsibility for us. We all need to remember how history tends to repeat itself, and we all must not forget." - Simon and Midge Palley


Help us keep the first-hand testimony of veterans, eyewitnesses and survivors alive, as the Second World War and the Holocaust passes out of living memory.


Support from our generous donors has allowed us to do essential conservation of artworks such as Paul Nash's Battle of Britain, which brings to life the intense aerial campaign fought between Britain and Germany in the summer of 1940.

Completed in 1941, Nash intended the work to capture an overall impression of this three-month battle rather than one single event. The oil painting are displayed in the new galleries as a striking visual that illustrates key elements of the aerial campaign.

Before any of our artworks were able to go on display, conservation was key. Your support of the new galleries ensures that our experts can display paintings in the best possible condition and preserve them for generations of visitors to come.

If you have any questions on the Campaign or our fundraising activities, please contact Laura Gabe, IWM Development Officer on LGabe@iwm.org.uk

*2016 study by the Centre for Holocaust Education

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We are a global authority on conflict and its impact on people’s lives. We aim to help people understand the legacy of past conflict and make connections to the now through our personal and extraordinary collections. Our vision is to help people make sense of an increasingly unpredictable world.

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