This exhibition of 130 black and white photographs reveals how countries, cities and individuals managed to rebuild themselves after the Great War.
The devastation and destruction wrought by the First World War eventually led to a new world, regenerated by the resilience of a people living through a period of huge change. Lives, landscapes and national identities all recovered and even flourished in the aftermath of war, as shown through these photos, documents and objects.
The wide variety of images includes shots of refugees returning to ruined homes, abandoned villages that "died for France", and patients learning to use their new artificial limbs. You'll see images showing optimism, as well as the depressing realities of displacement, demobilisation and social change that accompanied the fall of empires and re-drawing of international borders.
The photographs are both surprising and inspiring, revealing the strength, inventiveness and brilliance of people during times of unrivalled change.
Craig’s review of Imperial War Museum – “When was the last time that Britain lost a war? Let me think... apart from the Romans and the Vikings and the Normans, and the Hundred Years War, and the First Boer War, and that war against Mel Gibson in Scotland, I can't think of a single time that someone actually managed to beat us. Obviously you can't include the American War of Independence because that was tech… continued”
Moments of Silence — Imperial War Museum – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
I Was There — Room Of Voices – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – Hear the personal stories of the soldiers, civilians and children who lived through the Armistice at the end of World War I
Mimesis — African Soldier – 21 Sep 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 – An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Princess Diana — Her Fashion Story – 24 Feb 2017 to 17 Feb 2019 – Diana's Fashion Story at Kensington Palace is an exhibition of iconic dresses that show the evolution of her style
Poster Girls — A century of art and design – 13 Oct 2017 to 1 Jan 2019 – Poster Girls celebrates the work of female designers who worked for London Transport over the last 100 years
Superbugs — The Fight For Our Lives – 9 Nov 2017 to 10 Mar 2019 – Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Dream On — V&A Museum of Childhood – 10 Feb 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Imperial War Museum then you might like to visit Churchill War Rooms (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to Westminster), HMS Belfast (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Lambeth North to London Bridge), National Army Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Sloane Square) and National Maritime Museum (catch the train from Lambeth North to Cutty Sark)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans