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Published: 07/04/2020

Imperial War Museums

From spies to submarines and life on the Home Front, Imperial War Museums (IWM) will bring history into the homes of families across the world as part of its brand-new digital programme, sharing unique and personal stories from our extraordinary collections.

From Wednesday 8 April, IWM experts and family favourite CBBC presenter Ben Shires, will introduce viewers at home to a different weekly theme inspired by the national curriculum, giving ingenious, surprising and moving perspectives on history that children would not normally hear in the classroom. Adventures in History will see a new video uploaded on IWM’s YouTube channel and website every Wednesday at 2pm. 

A virtual tour of Churchill War Rooms, the secret underground headquarters where Winston Churchill and his team directed the course of the Second World War, is also being made available. Visitors can enjoy unique behind-the-glass access to the Cabinet Room where Churchill and his key ministers would meet to make important decisions about the course of the war, and explore the labyrinth of rooms and corridors that stretched below Westminster to keep the war cabinet safe from German bombing. 

Visitors to IWM’s website will also be able to browse theirworld-class collections online where more than 800,000 items including artworks, documents, objects, photography, film and oral histories are available alongside stories written by IWM’s subject-leading experts. 

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