Imperial War Museums - Visits

Discussion in 'WW2 Museums. Events, & places to see.' started by Nick, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. Varasc

    Varasc Senior Member

    Good afternoon,

    Further to my nice London trip, I would like to share with your some pictures from the IWM, London.

    Very nice exposition - this could be obvious for the English visitors, but I realized how they were able to explain historical concepts and facts in an intelligent, complete and user-friendly way. This is not so expectable in other Countries, or at least in other museums.

    I was there for research, while my friends were visiting the main hall of the IWM - then I joined our small group and really appreciated the exhibition. Very, very nice; the officers I spoke with, very kind and helpful. Just the usual mess at the bookshop. :)

    Having the right occasion now, I would also like to address you my best wishes for this Xmas time.

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    The Ramillies and Resolution 15- inch. guns, outside the museum


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    The German "Biber" midget submarine


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    The large, really impressive German Jagdpanzer


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    Rear view of the M3A3 "Grant" tank, desert version


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    Turret detail of the Matilda II tank, also in desert version
     
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  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi Marco,

    Seasons Greetings, you have now been to the IWM about as many times as me!!:lol:

    Steve
     
  3. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Hello Marco
    thank you for posting

    regards
    Clive
     
  4. Varasc

    Varasc Senior Member

    Thank you so much!

    Here some other pics..

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    The British 'Churchill' Mark VII tank


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    WWI tank, Mark V



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    View of the main hall from the first floor
     
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Very Senior Member

    Great pictures. Thanks
     
  6. Jakob Kjaersgaard

    Jakob Kjaersgaard Senior Member

    Great photos, thanks for sharing. This is definitely on my to visit list.
     
  7. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Marco,

    Your photographs bring back happy memories of my trips to the IWM in the past.

    Glad you enjoyed your trip and thank you for posting your photographs.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  8. Varasc

    Varasc Senior Member

    You are welcome. Very nice place.

    Best wishes,

    Marco
     
  9. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Marco
    Great photos, looks like you enjoyed your visit
     
  10. williams46

    williams46 WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran

    That photo of a WW1 Tank reminded me of a wood Tank modeled after it, a mantlepiece ornament my older cousin gave me when I was young. He joined the Welsh Guards about 1937 and served in France at the start of the War, evacuated when up to his chest in water off a beach he later returned to France in the Guards Armoured, he was a Gunner and Co-Driver, I never did remind him of the WW1 Tank wood ornament he gave me as I had forgotten it, but now think 'What a Coincidence', he modeled a Tank as a boy but joined the Guards, and later in second encounter with enemy fought in a Tank.
     
  11. Varasc

    Varasc Senior Member

    That photo of a WW1 Tank reminded me of a wood Tank modeled after it, a mantlepiece ornament my older cousin gave me when I was young. He joined the Welsh Guards about 1937 and served in France at the start of the War, evacuated when up to his chest in water off a beach he later returned to France in the Guards Armoured, he was a Gunner and Co-Driver, I never did remind him of the WW1 Tank wood ornament he gave me as I had forgotten it, but now think 'What a Coincidence', he modeled a Tank as a boy but joined the Guards, and later in second encounter with enemy fought in a Tank.


    Really fascinating.. Only this experience, according to me, would deserve a book or essay. Just to avoid any risk to loose this memory - lest we forget.

    Just to talk... the children I met there, looking at this "strange" tank without a turret and with guns on both the sizes, screamed: Indiana Jones!
     
  12. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    A quick flyby flavour
    Apologies very dark in the main part
     

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  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

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  14. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Is the T-55 from Iraq still outside Clive?

    What did you think of the place?

    You should have said you was going (if today) and I would have driven across to meet you ;)
     
  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Andy, just on the off chance had an hour to kill
    next time will give you a shout

    didn't see the T-55,nothing out the front


    Not much hardware in the there,but lighting very dark indeed and some of the exhibits hung to high up on the walls.
    its quite crammed because it covers from 1914 through to present day and they are limited on space.
     
  16. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    There was a T-55 out the front from Iraq when I went. I came away thinking it wasn't very visually simulating - Lots of stuff to read but not much to look at.

    It looks like it may have changed around a bit since I was there. Did you see the Lancastria's ship's bell?
     
  17. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Still lots to read though and agree not a visual feast
    Didn't see the bell
     
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  18. Mark Hone

    Mark Hone Senior Member

    The temporary exhibitions at the IWM North are often excellent but I've always found the permanent display uninspiring. There is actually now far more to see than there was originally. When it first opened some people joked that it was a really revolutionary concept: a museum without exhibits!
     
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  19. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    I've only been the once, a few years ago now and thought it was showing all the cast off's that the London IWM didn't want !
     
  20. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Imperial War Museum London 7th June 2017
    A quick drop by visit
    The Ashcroft collection and Holocaust exhibits are very well put togther.

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