Five things to do in Septem­ber

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Re­newal: Life Af­ter the First World War in Pho­tographs

IWM London 21 Septem­ber– 31 March 2019 020 7416 5000 iwm.org.uk

Theyears that fol­lowed the end of the First World War saw re­gen­er­a­tion and re­build­ing on an un­prece­dented scale. This month, IWM London will chart how a new world emerged from dev­as­ta­tion and loss, high­light­ing the ways in which lives, land­scapes and na­tional iden­ti­ties re­cov­ered, evolved and even pros­pered in the after­math of the con­flict.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores the ini­tial feel­ing of op­ti­mism that flour­ished in the wake of the con­flict, and the harsh re­al­i­ties of liv­ing in the post­war Europe that emerged over time, with dis­place­ment, de­mo­bil­i­sa­tion and so­cial change.

More than 130 black and white pho­tographs will be on show, along with doc­u­ments and ob­jects sourced from the IWM’s col­lec­tions. Among them are im­ages of refugees re­turn­ing to their ru­ined homes, of ar­mistice cel­e­bra­tions, of in­no­va­tions in medicine and plas­tic surgery, and of de­stroyed French vil­lages that were never re­built.

This month, IWM London also launches a new mul­ti­screen in­stal­la­tion: African Sol­dier, part of its ‘Mak­ing a New World’ sea­son. Open­ing on 21 Septem­ber, this work by artist John Akom­frah com­bines a sound score, his­toric footage and newly cre­ated film to commemorate the African sol­diers who fought, served and died dur­ing the First World War.

Pa­tients are taught to use their new ar­ti­fi­cial limbs, c1915–20. The First World War was a cat­a­lyst for great ad­vances in pros­thet­ics

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