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New Galleries at Imperial War Museum open to the public

Buxton Building are delighted to have played an important part in the development of Imperial War Museums’ new Second World War and The Holocaust Galleries which are now open to the public.

These Galleries have been nearly six years in the making, 3000 square metres and spanning two floors at Imperial War Museum London, providing a truly global narrative.


With more than 3,500 items and personal stories from over 80 countries, the Galleries continue the story started by IWM’s First World War Galleries, and explain to visitors how, only two decades later, the world was facing a second global conflict and which would claim the lives of millions of people. IWM is the first museum in the world to house dedicated Second World War Galleries and Holocaust Galleries under the same roof, examining the relationship between the Holocaust and the course and consequences of the Second World War.

Buxton worked on the base build of the galleries prior to the Fit-Out starting. We also delivered for Imperial War Museums non-gallery spaces including creating new learning spaces. In addition, we undertook the refurbishment of several of the toilet facilities and upgraded the HVAC services to some storage areas.

The museum remained open to visitors throughout the 97 week programme and all efforts were made to minimise disruption to both visitors and back of house operational staff during the works.




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