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Imperial War Museum to reopen with new WWI objects

English.news.cn   2014-07-17 07:28:40

LONDON, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Imperial War Museum London will open permanent New First World War Galleries to public on July 19, marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

The Imperial War Museums (IWM), established in 1917 when the WWI was still going on, is partnering with the British government to commemorate the landmark anniversary of the outbreak of WWI.

As one of the branches of IWM, IWM London has spent about 40 million pounds (68 million U.S. dollars) for the ground-breaking new First World War Galleries and a newly configured Atrium.

By visiting the new parts of the museum, visitors can discover the story of the war and will see how the war started, why it continued, how the Allies won and its global impact.

Staff of the museum introduced on Wednesday that since the museum has the richest and most comprehensive collections of the First World War in the world, visitors will see over 1,300 objects on display, many of which have never been seen before.

Those objects will include weapons, uniforms, equipment, diaries, letters, keepsakes, trinkets, photographs, etc.

"Each of the objects on display will give a voice to the people who created them, used them or cared for them and reveal stories not only of destruction, suffering and loss, but also endurance and innovation, duty and devotion, comradeship and love," said Diane Lees, director general of IWM.

Besides watching by their eyes, visitors can also experience the sights and sounds of a recreated "trench," with fighter plane and tank looming above them.

"IWM London is presenting 1914 to 1918 afresh for a 21 century audience. These impressive new galleries illuminate the soldier's experiences but they also get us out of the trenches to understand the lives fo women and children on the home front and the large international story of a British world at war. They also offer a chance to ponder the hard questions about why Britain fought and what was gained by all the sacrifies," said David Reynolds, professor of Cambridge University.

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