Friday 3 August 2012

Imperial War Museum What's on August 2012
What's on at IWM
August 2012
This month, on HMS Belfast, we are enjoying our front row seat on the River Thames for the celebrations that have taken over London. We're excited to be playing our part in this historic occasion.

It's your last chance to see Once Upon a Wartime at IWM North before it closes on 2 September.

In London, we are beginning our preparations totransform IWM London. Drop in to see conservation in action and for your last chance to visit the Trench Experience in our First World War Galleries before they close in September.

At IWM Duxford, kids can become special agents and test their detection skills at our summer family activities. Or join us for our first-ever summer camp.

Read on to find out more... 
In this issue:
We're preparing to transform IWM London
Come on board HMS Belfast this summer
Summer spy fun for families at IWM Duxford
Last chance to see Once Upon a Wartime at IWM North
Limited tickets available for the Churchill Lecture Series at Churchill War Rooms
Early bird booking for Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War at IWM London
Book your ticket to The Duxford Air Show in advance and save 10%
We’re preparing to transform IWM London
In 2014 we will be launching new First World War Galleries to mark the 100-year anniversary of when the war started.

This is the first phase of transformation at IWM London, which also includes a new Central Hall with terraced galleries to present our collections and tell the story of modern warfare. You will start to see changes in the museum from early September including gallery closures and the removal of our large objects from the Large Exhibits Gallery.

To ensure we meet our deadline of 2014, this summer will be your last chance to visit the Trench Experience in our current First World War Galleries

Find out more
Transforming IWM London
We are beginning to prepare IWM London for transformation © IWM
Come on board HMS Belfast this summer
To learn about war at sea and get a great view of the River Thames
Life at sea during the Second World War was very different to HMS Belfast’'s role today as a landmark in London.

Come on board to explore the history of HMS Belfast. While you're on board, look down the River Thames and you might spot some sporty rings on the side of Tower Bridge.

From 11-19 August, bring the family and learn about the history of naval tattoos and design your own tattoo t-shirt. 

Plan your visit to HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
We are enjoying the sporting celebrations this summer on HMS Belfast  © IWM
Summer spy fun until 3 September
At IWM Duxford, daily from noon to 4pm
Become a special agent with Spy Camp.

Learn how to use Morse code and other spy skills before going on missions with the French Resistance. Make and Paint an Airfix model or make a souvenir badge.

On selected dates in August, chat to veterans who experienced a range of conflicts, from the Second World War to Afghanistan.

Find out more
Summer family activities
Kids can become a special agent at IWM Duxford © IWM
Last chance to see
Once Upon a Wartime at IWM North
Discover the stories of War HorseCarrie's WarThe Machine GunnersThe Silver Sword and Little Soldierat Once Upon a Wartime before it closes on 2 September.

Visit the exhibition to find out about the true events and experiences that inspired these children’s novels about war. Find out more by joining one of our tours taking place every Tuesday throughout the holidays at 2.15pm.

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Once Upon a Wartime
Last chance this August to visit our exhibition Once Upon a Wartime © IWM
Churchill Lecture Series
Limited tickets still available
This autumn the Churchill Lecture Series returns to Churchill War Rooms with two exclusive talks by best-selling authors Ben MacIntyre and Ken Follett.

On 18 September, Ben MacIntyre tells the story of Double Cross: the D-Day Spies.

On 2 October, Ken Follett asks 'What were we fighting for?

Book your tickets today
Find out about spies on D-Day and debate what we were fighting for at our next Churchill Lectures. ©IWM (H 4985)
Book early bird tickets
Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War at IWM London
Save 20% on tickets to our major autumn exhibition if you book by Sunday 5 August.

Opening on Thursday 6 September, Cecil Beaton: Theatre of War will present the less well-known side of Beaton – his work as an official war photographer.

Come and discover over 250 of Beaton’s photographs taken during Second World War throughout Britain, the Middle East, China, India and Burma. These extraordinary photographs will be shown alongside his personal diaries, drawings and work in film.

To claim the early bird offer, quote code DBJ637 when you 
book online
A Royal Artillery searchlight monitors the night sky at the height of the Blitz, London, 1940 © IWM (HU 112327)
The Duxford Air Show 
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 September
The highlight of IWM Duxford’s calendar of flying events, this year’s show features a varied programme of civilian and military aircraft, including Vulcan XH558 on 8 September and the Red Arrows on 9 September.

Buy your tickets in advance to save 10% and get a free child ticket, available with every adult or senior ticket purchased.

This offer is on advance ticket purchases only. 

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Red Arrow
The Red Arrows will perform on Sunday 9 September at The Duxford Air Show © IWM
Last chance to see '1936' 
At Sadler's Wells until 5 August 2012
A play about the Berlin Olympics, ‘1936’ by Tom McNabat is a thrilling evocation of when Jesse Owens won gold, defying Hitler and fascism.

This remarkable play balances the personal stories of the athletes with the politics and in-fighting leading up to the games, laying bare the greed and unscrupulous ambition of the key players at the time.

Call the box office on             0844 412 4300       or
book your tickets online
Sadler's Wells
1936 © Sadler's Wells
Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames
Open throughout the London 2012 Olympic Games
Make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime moment during a special year for London and see the spectacular story of the Thames brought to life at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Must close 9 September 2012. 

Book your tickets now
Royal River, National Maritime Museum
A selection of Liverymen’s Uniforms inside Royal River © National Maritime Museum