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Secrets of the Imperial War Museum

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Arts and culture
  • Documentary and factual
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Episode 1: Belfast

Summary

For the first time, the Imperial War Museum has allowed cameras behind the scenes. This strand uncovers rarely heard first-hand accounts, and reveals the pressure faced by hundreds of IWM experts and volunteers as they work to preserve the most important objects and stories from our wartime past. The series begins aboard the 83-year-old warship, HMS Belfast as an expert team races to get her ready for reopening

Review

From 83-year-old warship HMS Belfast to the Duxford Air Museum and the institution’s mighty film stores (23,000 hours of rare footage), there’s more to the Imperial War Museum than the famous green-domed building.

This engrossing opener to a behind-the-scenes series rat-a-tat-tats out a machine gun barrage of facts and figures, but also remembers the human stories that matter. Stories such as that of David Day, whose dad served on HMS Belfast. Or George Arthur Roberts, the first black firefighter in the Auxiliary Fire Service, whose granddaughter visits to see a new display about his life.

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Credits

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rolename
Series editorChris Parkin
ProducerJamie Hammick
DirectorJamie Hammick
DirectorJon Hanney
ProducerJon Hanney
Executive producerRichard Melman
Executive producerKathy Myers

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  • Episode 1

    Belfast

    Summary

    For the first time, the Imperial War Museum has allowed cameras behind the scenes. This strand uncovers rarely heard first-hand accounts, and reveals the pressure faced by hundreds of IWM experts and volunteers as they work to preserve the most important objects and stories from our wartime past. The series begins aboard the 83-year-old warship, HMS Belfast as an expert team races to get her ready for reopening

    Review

    From 83-year-old warship HMS Belfast to the Duxford Air Museum and the institution’s mighty film stores (23,000 hours of rare footage), there’s more to the Imperial War Museum than the famous green-domed building.

    This engrossing opener to a behind-the-scenes series rat-a-tat-tats out a machine gun barrage of facts and figures, but also remembers the human stories that matter. Stories such as that of David Day, whose dad served on HMS Belfast. Or George Arthur Roberts, the first black firefighter in the Auxiliary Fire Service, whose granddaughter visits to see a new display about his life.

    Details

    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Series editorChris Parkin
    ProducerJamie Hammick
    DirectorJamie Hammick
    DirectorJon Hanney
    ProducerJon Hanney
    Executive producerRichard Melman
    Executive producerKathy Myers
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