Derwent were lucky to spend the day at the galleries of the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, south London. Founded in 1917, the museum was intended to record the civil and military war effort and sacrifice of Britain and its Empire during the First World War. The museum's remit has since expanded to include all conflicts in which British or Commonwealth forces have been involved since 1914. As of 2012, the museum aims 'to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and "wartime experience”
Our focus for the day was 100 years the First World War Galleries. The students were able to discover the story of the war through the eyes of the British people and the Empire, both on the home front and the fighting fronts. Our intention was for Derwent to gain an understanding of how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its global impact.
There are over 1,300 objects drawn from IWM’s First World War collections and it is the richest and most comprehensive in the world, with artefacts ranging from weapons, uniforms and equipment, to diaries and letters, keepsakes and trinkets, photographs, film and art. Each object on display gives a voice to the people who created them, used them or cared for them, and reveals stories not only of destruction, suffering and loss, but also endurance and innovation, duty and devotion, comradeship and love.