Happy Birthday to the Imperial War Museum

Today is the anniversary of the founding of the Imperial War Museum, 91 years ago today.  When the museum was founded, the end of the First World War was still over a year away.

From just 15 staff and no permanent premises, the Museum now occupies five sites, attracting over a million visitors annually and employing 650 staff.  The Imperial War Museum funds the work of the UKNIWM and we are based at one of its London sites, a short walk from the main museum in Lambeth.

A general view of a gallery full of models, drawings and photographs held at the Imperial War Museum, in South Kensington, 11 November - 11 December 1925.This photo shows one of the galleries in 1925, when the museum was based in South Kensington.  The room contains models, drawings and photographs and you can see some models of war memorials in the bottom left corner.

The museum moved to its present location, in the old Bethlem Hospital in Lambeth in 1936.

Click here to read more about the Imperial War Museum

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