Private Viewing of the IWM's Second World War and Holocaust Galleries

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An exclusive opportunity for RUSI members to attend a private in-person viewing of the Imperial War Museum’s new Secord World War and Holocaust Galleries.

Please note this event has now sold out.

Whether we realise it or not, all our lives have been shaped by the legacy of the Second World War and the Holocaust. Despite the magnitude of these events and the extent to which they continue to loom within our contemporary culture, they are not generally well understood. A study of 8,000 English secondary school pupils showed that 63% of young people did not know what the term ‘antisemitism’ meant (Centre for Holocaust Education, 2016). How can we make sense of the present if we do not understand the factors that moulded it?

The £30.7 million project, which opened in Autumn 2021, makes IWM London the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War Galleries and Holocaust Galleries under the same roof. Allowing visitors to truly reflect on these momentous 20th century events and grasp the inextricable link between them, the galleries will engage a new generation of museum visitors with this complex and formative period of human history.

This event will include a curatorial introduction to the new galleries and a chance for guests to explore the displays. Curators and IWM Volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.

Further information about IWM’s Second World War and the Holocaust Galleries is available here.

How to attend

This event is open to RUSI members only and is free of charge. To become a member, please click here. Please note that Online Members are not eligible to attend in-person member events.

We would be grateful if you could wear a face mask at the venue. You may also be asked to show proof of a negative lateral flow test. For more information about the test and how to order / collect your test or find the nearest test centre, please click here.

This event has now reached capacity. Places have been allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail Sabrina Downey, Director of Projects and Events, at

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