London’s Imperial War Museum has announced plans to renew its First World War galleries as part of plans to mark the First World War centenary in 2014.
The new galleries, which will be approximately twice the size of those currently hosting First World War displays, will allow the museum to improve access to its “vast and rich” collections.
Bosses say the new, larger galleries will help it ensure future generations can understand and commemorate the sacrifices made by those who lived through, and died in the Great War by better showcasing the art, film, sound recordings and photographs which make up its world renowned First World War Collection.
Diane Lees, Director-General of the Imperial War Museum said: “We are excited by this unique opportunity to regenerate Imperial War Museum London. I can’t think of a more fitting way to start the transformation than with the creation of new galleries to mark the First World War centenary in 2014.
“The Imperial War Museum was founded during the First World War as ‘a lasting memorial of common effort and common sacrifice’ to those who played their part in the conflict. The new galleries will allow us to continue this work in the twenty-first century and help current and future visitors to learn and understand more about the causes, course and consequences of the Great War.”