Monday 12 February 2024

Imperial War Museums - What's on for families this half-term


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Family activities during
February half-term at IWM
Plan Your Visit
Planning a family day out this February half-term?
There’s something for everyone across our branches, for little adventurers and big kids alike. 

Get hands-on with I Spy In The Sky and Family Mission: D-Day at IWM Duxford, find out what life was like at sea with Life at Sea: Meet The Crew at HMS Belfast and discover what makes a secret operation successful with Family Hub: Spies, Lies and Deception at IWM London.

Find out more about what’s on offer below. 
Story Seekers
Story Seekers: Spies, Lies and Deception
IWM London 10-18 February

Special Operations Executive (SOE) agents wanted. Use your wits and imagination to explore our collections and find connections.  Through object handling and source analysis, uncover the real-life story of a Second World War SOE operative.

Free entry.
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Story Seekers: Animals and War
IWM North 10-25 February

Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Dickin Medal, discover amazing stories of animal heroes with our new Story Seekers trolley. Through objects and photographs, learn about the roles animals held during wartime, including how they boosted morale.Free entry.
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Life At Sea: Meet the Crew
HMS Belfast 10-18 February

Delve into life on board HMS Belfast during the Arctic Convoy missions with our brand-new trail guide.

Learn from eye-witness accounts of the sailors who served on the ship, and get hands-on with real objects. 

Free with general admission.
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Get hands-on at IWM Duxford
I Spy In The Sky
17-25 February
Daily throughout half term

Discover how the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit spied on their enemies and dive into the science behind cameras as you take on the role of a Photo Interpreter.

Find out what it takes to capture secret photos from the sky!

Find out more.

Free with general admission.
Family Mission: D-Day Edition
17-25 February
Daily throughout half term

You and your family are needed as paratroopers!

As a team, use your jump bag, including binoculars, 'cricket clickers' and K-ration kits, and learn about D-Day as you go on journey through IWM Duxford. 

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Free with general admission.
Wind Tunnel
Saturday 17, Sunday 18, Saturday 24, Sunday 25 February

Investigate things that fly, and the forces that make it happen using only paper, paperclips, and tape with our wind tunnel.

Experiment by making small changes to see what effect they have; can you make a spinner that stays in the tunnel?

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Free with general admission.
We Were There: Family Day
Meet veterans and eyewitnesses of conflict to gain a unique insight into the impact of war on people’s lives.

You will hear an array of personal stories and powerful memories from those who have experienced conflict first-hand, ranging from driving an Army tank to being evacuated from the place they called home.
Find our special guests throughout IWM's branches this February half-term.
IWM London
Monday 12 February

IWM North
Wednesday 21 February

HMS Belfast 
Friday 16 February

IWM Duxford
Wednesday 21 February
Family Hub
Family Hub: Spies, Lies and Deception
IWM London 10-18 February

What makes a successful secret operation?

The skills to be an agent range from codebreaking to problem solving, mapping to memory recall.

Join us this half-term and put your talents to the test!

Free entry.
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Family Hub: Amazing Animals
IWM North 17-25 February

Hear the incredible stories of brave animals who have helped the war effort from the First World War to the present day.

Create a medal for these animal heroes, match up the role to the animal and learn about the various ways they have helped.

Free entry.
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