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Once Upon A Wartime - Imperial War Museum

Once Upon A Wartime

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children is on display at the Imperial War Museum London until October 30, 2011.

Once Upon A Wartime delves into the pages of well-loved books, bringing five stories of war dramatically to life.

Adults and children can wander through life-size sets, peer into intricate scale models and explore the stories’ themes of loyalty, separation, excitement, survival and identity.

From the bleak landscape of no man’s land in War Horse to the imposing tower blocks of London’s gang warfare in Little Soldier, this exhibition is an immersive journey through the worlds of the books.

Visitors can pull up a chair in Hepzibah’s kitchen where the scene is set straight out of Carrie’s War, discover the secret fortress from The Machine Gunners and listen to the footsteps above the cellar where the Balicki children find shelter in The Silver Sword.

Behind the scenes of the stories, visitors can see what inspired the authors to write their books, and find out about the historical context of each story through objects, photographs and films.

Imperial War Museum London, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ