November at the Imperial War Museum

On Remembrance Sunday we thought it was an appropriate time to go and visit the Imperial War Museum, now back open after a while undergoing renovation. Especially poignant given the day, it was a fascinating trip and well worth a visit, especially to the moving [and pretty devastating] Holocaust exhibition on the top two floors. Cameras weren’t allowed inside the exhibitions, but Lambeth North tube was looking rather industrial and photogenic [usually I don’t edit my photos except for a bit of cropping, but this one uses an effect built into the camera that I was playing with as we were walking]:

Lambeth North tube

The light-filled central hall, going up through the centre, features transport and weapons from battle scenes throughout the modern age.

V2 bomb at Imperial War Museum

The glass roof was impressive under a dramatic sky:

Roof terrace at Imperial War Museum

And under it was a miniature field of poppies, which visitors could handmake and ‘plant’ themselves. Most interestingly, the centres were made of old military buttons, given by members of the public.

Poppy garden at Imperial War Museum

In an afternoon we only had time to explore two galleries, let alone the photographic exhibitions and other permanent features [the IWM is substantially bigger than I’d realised!]. We’ll definitely be back.

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