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HORRIBLE HISTORIES™: Terrible Trenches Exhibition
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Imperial War Museum London:   18 July 2009 – 31 October 2010

Imperial War Museum London presents an unmissable family exhibition based on the Trenches Handbook, one of the books by Terry Deary in the bestselling Horrible Histories™ series published by Scholastic Children’s Books. This new interactive exhibition sets author Terry Deary’s acerbic text and Martin Brown’s evocative illustration alongside hands-on activities for all ages and items from the Imperial War Museum’s unique First World War collections.

Trench RatVisitors can test their survival skills in an interactive gallery which explores the dire details of life in the blood and mud of the First World War trenches, from the British and German sides of the barbed wire. Find out more about how soldiers coped with foul food, legions of lice, gruesome gas, sickness and sores. Try on the curious clothing of the British and German soldiers, see real items used by soldiers in the trenches, climb through a mining tunnel and explore an officers’ dugout. Peer into no man’s land with a periscope, experience the terrible toilets, smell the stenches and splat the rats.

Lisa Edwards, Editorial Director – Non Fiction and Licensed Properties at Scholastic Children’s Books, said: “When we launched the Frightful First World War exhibition at Imperial War Museum North, we knew we had created a very special experience for children and their families. The chance to extend that exhibition into a deeper experience of trench life was an unmissable one. Every visitor will be asking themselves if they could have survived as a First World War soldier - this exhibition brings it all to life like never before.”

Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museum said: “Following the success of the Horrible Histories: Frightful First World War exhibition at Imperial War Museum North, we are delighted to be working with Scholastic again to help bring the world’s best-selling history series for children to life. By combining the popular format of the Horrible Histories Trenches Handbook with interactive activities and material from the Museum’s own collection, we hope to make the First World War

Accessible to visitors of all ages and encourage younger visitors to understand more about the personal experiences of soldiers who fought in the trenches during the First World War.”

The exhibition is particularly recommended for children aged 8 – 12 years. A programme of free family activities will run alongside the Terrible Trenches Exhibition during the school summer holidays. An exclusive range of Horrible Histories merchandise to accompany the exhibition will also be available for purchase from the Museum shop and online. For latest event listings and further information on the exhibition and retail products visit www.iwm.org.uk/trenches

Tickets on sale from 1 May

Adults £4.95, Concessions and Groups £3.95, Children £2.50, Family Ticket £13.00

Book online at www.iwm.org.uk/trenches or call 020 7416 5439http://www.ivm.org.uk/trenches


The national museum of the experiences of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914.  The Imperial War Museum is the museum of everyone’s story: the history of modern conflict told through the stories of those who were there. It is an educational and historical institution responsible for archives, collections and sites of outstanding national importance.  The Museum’s five branches are Imperial War Museum London, with six floors of exhibitions and displays;  Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms, housed in Churchill’s secret headquarters below Whitehall; theSecond World War cruiser HMS Belfast; Imperial War Museum Duxford, a world renowned aviation museum and former Second World War airfield; and Imperial War Museum North, housed in a spectacular awardwinning building designed by Daniel Libeskind.


The London branch of the Imperial War Museum explores how the history of modern conflict affects us all, from the front line to the home front. Exhibits range from tanks and aircraft to photographs and personal letters; they include film and sound recordings and some of the twentieth century's best-known paintings.  Visitors can explore six floors of exhibitions and displays, including a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Holocaust and a changing programme of special temporary exhibitions.

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

Open daily 10.00am – 6.00pm except 24, 25 and 26 December

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