Imperial War Museum

The history of the two world wars are told by the Imperial War Museum. Here there are a number of displays showing the role of Indians in the two World Wars and even a Sikh Tank driver mannequin .

On the every top floor of the museum is the newly opened Lord Aschcroft Gallery which is dedictaed to awardees of the Victoria and George Cross and includes Aschcrooft own very impressive collection. Amongst these is a VC from the Burma campaign awarded to  Major Parkash Singh. Running alongside the VC is a video about the Sikh martial tradition and this also features in the kids trail that brings the gallery alive for children.

The real treasures lie in the Reading Rooms and the Photographic Archives. Available by appointment only, the library is well stocked, excellently catalogued and the staff are friendly and very efficient. Documents, books and pictures from the first, but mainly the second world war. Photograph and film archives are located in Austral Street, just round the corner.

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