Secrets of the Imperial War Museum (2021): S01E01


For the first time the Imperial War Museum (IWM) allows cameras behind the scenes. Revealing the pressures faced and satisfaction felt by experts and volunteers as they work to preserve objects and stories from our wartime past.


In the first episode, join the team on HMS Belfast as they race to get her ready for reopening and meet volunteer David, who is helping to restore the ship’s 4 inch guns and honouring the memory of his father who served on board the ship.

Discover how IWM’s Head of Film Matt Lee is trying to identify a heroic soldier in a famous scene from the 1916 film The Battle of the Somme and explore the story of George Arthur Roberts, the first black firefighter to join the Auxiliary Fire Service.

Meanwhile at IWM Duxford, an expert team continue their vital work to conserve the Victor, one of the most famous aircraft of the Cold War.

Secrets of the Imperial War Museum Series

You can find a full index and overview of Secrets of the Imperial War Museum here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 26 November 2021.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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