Secrets of the Imperial War Museum (2022): S01E06


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.


The final touches are being made ahead of the opening of the new £30 million Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries at IWM London. Uniforms for the central cases are ready for display and museum staff have gathered for an unusual meeting to try out different poses to decide exactly what sort of mannequins need to be specially built for the delicate items.

While the museum has countless personal stories, many communities and individuals are underrepresented across its collections. Improving the diversity of IWMs collection of stories and objects to show a wide range of experiences of war and conflict is critical and a growing focus for the museum.

In the stores at IWM Duxford, curator Alan Wakefield is working to address this gap and has just acquired the bracelet of Sergeant William Robinson Clarke, the first black pilot to join the Royal Flying Corps, to help tell the story of his vital contribution to the war.

Secrets of the Imperial War Museum Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 14 January 2022.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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