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The IWM collection comprises 800,000 items, collected by the museum since 1917, that tell the story of modern war and conflict. It includes a diverse and exceptional art collection with many great works of art from the war art schemes of the First and Second World Wars. It is a world-class representation of British modernism. IWM has continued to commission and collect work from artists through the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries.


Art Unlocked is an online talk series by Art UK in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. This Curation is based on a talk by Rebecca Newell, Head of Art at Imperial War Museums, on 6th October 2021. You can find a recording at: https://youtu.be/ZKNETgz2EVE

6 artworks
A Shell Forge at a National Projectile Factory, Hackney Marshes, London
Photo credit: IWM ART 4032

A Shell Forge at a National Projectile Factory, Hackney Marshes, London 1918

Anna Airy (1882–1964)

Oil on canvas

H 182.8 x W 213.3 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia, September 1916
Photo credit: IWM ART 2268

Travoys Arriving with Wounded at a Dressing Station at Smol, Macedonia, September 1916 1919

Stanley Spencer (1891–1959)

Oil on canvas

H 182.8 x W 218.4 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Battle of Britain
Photo credit: IWM ART LD 1550

Battle of Britain 1941

Paul Nash (1889–1946)

Oil on canvas

H 122.6 x W 183.5 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

The Nuremberg Trial
Photo credit: IWM ART LD 5798

The Nuremberg Trial 1946

Laura Knight (1877–1970)

Oil on canvas

H 182.8 x W 152.4 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Cleansed
© IWM. Photo credit: IWM ART 16521

Cleansed 1994

Peter Howson (b.1958)

Oil on canvas

H 182.8 x W 243.6 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)

Stealth
© IWM. Photo credit: IWM ART 16824

Stealth 1995

Peter Kalkhof (1933–2014)

Acrylic & metal foil on canvas

H 146 x W 180 cm

IWM (Imperial War Museums)