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Experience veterans' stories first hand with Easter events at Imperial War Museum sites


Over the Easter holidays, families across the country can participate in IWM’s fun free activities, ranging from a virtual reality immersion into the night of the Dam Busters mission, to meeting veterans with incredible stories to tell. 

All activities are FREE or *included in the admission price (for IWM Duxford and HMS Belfast).

Family Ideas Lab: Documentary Challenge 

IWM London

Friday 30 March, Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 14:30pm

Which stories are too important to be kept inside the museum? What deserves more attention from the wider world?

Create your own mini-documentary by exploring IWM’s unique collections with your family. This is your chance to have your input and feedback on this exciting new experience.

Meet an Evacuee

IWM London

Thursday 5 April and Friday 6 April, 11am-1pm

Why were children evacuated in the Second World War? How did rationing affect daily life? What measures were taken to protect people in the Blitz? 

Meet Second World War eyewitnesses who can answer questions and share their personal stories of evacuation and life on the home front.

We Were There: Ask Questions About Conflict 

IWM North on Thursday 5 April and Thursday 12 April, 11am – 3pm 

HMS Belfast* on Wednesday 11 April and Thursday 12 April, 11am – 3pm 

What do you want to know about everyday life during conflict?

Meet veterans and eyewitnesses in this rare chance to hear their personal stories of conflict first-hand and ask questions. Hear about everyday life in wartime and discover their extraordinary stories in this interactive opportunity to explore the causes of war and its impact on people’s lives.

Virtual Reality Experience: The Dam Busters

IWM Duxford*

Wednesday 4 April11am – 3pm

Try out a brand new, cutting-edge virtual reality experience, combining the latest technology with a physical set, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the ‘Dam Busters’ mission. Suit up, become a virtual wireless operator and experience a Lancaster Bomber aircraft from a new perspective. See and hear some of what the crew experienced on the night of the Dam Busters mission.

We Were There: Meet Veterans and Eyewitnesses

IWM Duxford*  

Tuesday 3 and Thursday 5 April, 11am-3pm

Special chance to meet veterans and eyewitnesses, in the shadow of IWM Duxford, to hear their personal stories of conflict and to ask questions with your family. Their moving stories and knowledge of the aircraft and daily life during wartime will bring this extraordinary historic site to life in new ways. 

Build an aeroplane: do you have what it takes?

IWM Duxford*

Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 April, 11am-1pm

Could you be an aeroplane designer? Can your family beat our challenges? Join us to design and build the perfect paper plane, learning about the principles of flight in the process.

Images copyright IWM Duxford and IWM HMS Belfast

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