Secrets of the Imperial War Museum (2022): S01E05


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.


Curator James Bulgin meets the granddaughter of a man who was murdered at Auschwitz to understand more about his life and to discuss the museum’s ambitious plan to honour his memory as part of our new Holocaust Galleries.

Meanwhile conservation staff are busy as a section of Nazi concentration camp barrack has just arrived from Germany for the gallery – but it’s soon clear that the priceless object will need a lot of specialist conservation work before it can be put on display.

Plans to overhaul a First World War display at IWM North are underway, as curator Laura Clouting trawls through the museum’s vast store of objects and stories to find a fresh way to explain what life was like for soldiers in the trenches during the Battle of the Somme.

And we find out how the runway at IWM Duxford is cleared of birds so that vintage aircraft can take off safely.

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: 07 January 2022.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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