The Imperial War Museums (IWM) reveals a major season of programming at IWM London and IWM North to mark the end of the First World War Centenary IWM presents Making a New World, a season of innovative exhibitions, installations and immersive experiences at IWM London and IWM North in 2018 which will explore how the First World War has shaped the society we live in today.

Opening at IWM North on 27 July 2018, the major exhibition Lest We Forget? will explore how symbols of commemoration – from the poppy to the two minute silence – have endured for a century, but also sparked controversy. This free exhibition will explore the many ways through which the First World War has been remembered, highlights of the exhibition include works of art which were intended for a ‘Hall of Remembrance’ that was never realised.

At IWM London, Renewal*, opening on 21 September 2018, is a free major exhibition exploring how societies have recovered, evolved and even flourished in the aftermath of war. Drawing on IWM’s rich photography collection, the exhibition will highlight the creative ways in which lives, landscapes and national  identities were rebuilt after war.

African Soldier is a new multi-screen installation by John Akomfrah that remembers the African men and women who participated in the First World War. Combining archive and newly created film, the work will be presented for the first time at IWM London (21 September 2018 – 31 March 2019).

Further free displays at IWM London from September 2018 will include Moments of Silence*, an immersive, installation provoking visitors to reflect on the rituals of silence and remembrance in 2018, and a powerfully intimate sound installation* where visitors can hear from those who lived through the First World War.

Alongside these exhibitions, and forming an integral part of the Making a New World season, visitors will be able to experience a rich programme of live performance and events**. Working with partners, veterans and community groups, IWM will explore the nature of silence and remembrance through immersive theatre,
performance art and public debate.

IWM is also pleased to announce that it will present Wave and Weeping Window, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies. Wave will be at IWM North from 8 September to 25 November 2018 and Weeping Window will be at IWM London from 6 October to 18 November 2018. These two poppy sculptures have been gifted to 14-18 NOW and IWM, and will
become part of IWM’s permanent collection at the end of the UK tour.

14-18 NOW and Imperial War Museums have commissioned Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to create a new film about the First World War. The film is made exclusively with original, archive footage from the Imperial War Museums’ film archive and audio from BBC archives. Working with WingNut Films, the footage has been restored using the finest digital techniques and will premiere as part of the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 and air on BBC One. An extensive learning programme will see the film show in secondary schools across the UK.

In addition to the rich season of programming at IWM London and IWM North to mark the end of the First World War Centenary Commemorations, IWM will be marking significant anniversaries at its Second World War historic sites. On 17 March 2018, IWM will commemorate 80 years since the launch of HMS
Belfast, whilst IWM Duxford will mark RAF 100 and the site’s role as an active RAF airfield. Churchill War Rooms, will open its doors afterhours so more people can discover the stories hidden beneath the streets of Westminster.