WWI at the Imperial War Museum

Obsessed as I am with WWI, the best way to end a recent trip to London for the Historical Novel Society Conference was a visit to the Imperial War Museum’s WWI exhibit. With the centennial on, we should have known it would be crowded. Organized as a grand winding path, this exhibit sweeps you from pre-war days through each year of the conflict and the aftermath of the Paris Peace conference. Each artefact, picture and memento is displayed for easy viewing often punctuated by the sounds of war. A compelling reminder of what happened to the world in that great catastrophe.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

War scene from IWM exhibit

British encouraged to do their part at home
British encouraged to do their part at home
WWI rations
WWI rations
WWI wireless machine
WWI wireless machine
From a soldier's letter home
From a soldier’s letter home
Encouraging the Americans to get involved
Encouraging the Americans to get involved
Invented by New Zealander John Pomeroy, these bullets ignited the hydrogen gas in Zeppelin airships
Invented by New Zealander John Pomeroy, these bullets ignited the hydrogen gas in Zeppelin airships
Women encouraged to participate
Women encouraged to participate
Dublin munitions factory
Dublin munitions factory
Women's war work was critical
Women’s war work was critical
WWI gas masks came in various designs
WWI gas masks came in various designs
Poison gas cylinders
Poison gas cylinders
Underground listening device
Underground listening device

WWI quotation

Sniper's camouflage suit
Sniper’s camouflage suit
Barbed wire
Barbed wire
The call for recruits went out to all of Briton's colonies
The call for recruits went out to all of Briton’s colonies

Quote 1 from IWM WWI museum

9 thoughts on “WWI at the Imperial War Museum”

    1. Excellent point, Maria. And they should be! People from all backgrounds were there and I heard several different languages being spoken. A compelling time that resonates with people all around the world.

    1. Industrial War. There are lots of new shells in bunkers 20 miles south of where I live in the United KIngdom (Currently) A recent TV programme on railways in WW1 noted after problems in shell production that towards the end of WW1 nearly a million shells were fired on one day.

      Good post Mary. The various museums with a war theme in the UK do a good job in making sure those who came after “do not forget” I find some of the German technology used in WW2 as displayed in RAF Museum at Cosford pretty frightening especially with how close the result was as detailed in Unravelled. If D- Day had failed…

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