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The Duke of Cambridge and David Cameron open new First World War Galleries at IWM London

Posted  17 July 2014 in News  
By Kate Clements
The Duke of Cambridge, David Cameron and Diane Lees in the new atrium of IWM London.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited IWM London today to officially open the brand new First World War Galleries. The new Galleries draw upon IWM’s First World War collections, the richest and most comprehensive in the world.

The IWM Foundation, chaired by Viscount Rothermere, met the Duke of Cambridge and the Prime Minister upon arrival at the museum. The IWM Foundation led the fundraising campaign for the First World War Galleries and the Duke of Cambridge has been a Patron of the Foundation since December 2010.

Prince William and David Cameron received a tour of the First World War Galleries accompanied by IWM’s Director-General Diane Lees and IWM’s Chairman Sir Francis Richards. Both the Duke of Cambridge and David Cameron were invited to install final objects in showcases to complete the work on the Galleries, which will open to the public on Saturday 19 July.

Prince William installed the gloves of Major James McCudden VC in the ‘Machines Against Men’ section of the First World War Galleries. David Cameron installed Pals Battalion badges in the ‘Your Country Needs You’ section of the new First World War Galleries.

IWM’s Young Reporters and Youth Panel met with the Duke and the Prime Minister in the First World War Galleries. They discussed objects in the galleries and demonstrated interactive displays.

Find out more about the new First World War Galleries at IWM London.

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