Secrets of the Imperial War Museum (2021): S01E04


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.


A piece of the USS Arizona, one of the ships sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor, arrives at IWM and curator Vikki shares how the team will use it to share the story of what happened that day.

At Churchill War Rooms, we explore a secret room where a top secret telephone line allowed Winston Churchill and Roosevelt to have private conversations during the Second World War.

The fire crew at IWM Duxford scramble for a drill as they rehearse how they will deal with every eventuality as the airfield prepares to welcome hundreds of rare and delicate historic planes this year.

IWM’s Head of the First World War Alan Wakefield meets a man who has discovered a a chest full of lost First World War letters and artifacts under a bed when he was clearing out his step father’s house.

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: 17 December 2021.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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