Terry Charman, Senior Historian, IMW

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Terry Charman, Senior Historian, IMW
16th July 2014

The Imperial War Museum London is reopening this weekend after a 40 million-pound refurbishment, which has seen stunning new galleries and exhibitions introduced. 

Opened in 1917 to ensure experiences of the First World War would not be forgotten, the overhaul is the museum’s first since the 1980s. 

Interactive digital displays have been created using the 10,000 bundles of personal papers, 32,500 objects and over 750,000 photographs and audio and video recordings, which curators had access to. 

James Banks is there today for London Live and spoke to one of the museum’s senior historians, Terry Chapman, about the changes. 

“It’s 40 million pounds very well spent,” said Chapman. 

“This is the greatest change of all time. Our visitors are going to be as stunned as I was when I first saw it. 

“We are focusing much more from a personal point of view. It’s no longer an option for youngsters to hear stories from their families about the war.

“So we’ve geared our atrium and galleries for a younger audience, for people who have a sketchy knowledge of the war and to show them how the First and Second World Wars have shaped our lives.” 

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