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Imperial War Museum

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The museum was founded during the First World War in 1917 and intended as a record of the war effort and sacrifice of Britain and her Empire. Today the museum gives its mission as 'to enable people to have an informed understanding of modern war and its impact on individuals and society.

The museum's collections include archives of personal and official documents, photographs, film and video material, and oral history recordings; an extensive library, a large art collection, and examples of military vehicles and aircraft, equipment and other artefacts.

The Secret War exhibition reveals the clandestine world of espionage, covert operations, and the work of Britain's special forces.

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It shows how Britain's secret government agencies, MI5 and MI6, have developed since their establishment before the First World War, and how specialist communications technology has been used to gather intelligence and break top-secret codes.

The causes of the First World War were complex and are the subject of continuing historical debate. These galleries explore the shift in the balance of power in Europe, conflicting national ambitions, economic competition and colonial rivalries

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Opening Hours:

Open daily 10.00am - 6.00pm
Last admission 5.45pm
(closed 24, 25 and 26 December)

ADMISSION IS FREE
(Special exhibitions may charge an admission fee)

Contact Details:

Address:
Lambeth Road,
Lambeth,
London
SE1 6HZ
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7416 5320
Website: http://london.iwm.org.uk