Today was my first day back at work following a 10-day break for Christmas/New Year. I actually really enjoy my job but I can’t believe that the holiday that I was looking forward to so much is over already! Determined to make the most of the last day, Chris and I woke up early yesterday but then did our usual trick of faffing around for hours and wasting half the day.
When we finally left the house we ended up at the Imperial War Museum (which is my new thing for this week ticked off as I’ve never been to any of the IWMs before and there are several). London’s main IWM is set in the former Royal Bethlem Hospital in Southwark, a short distance from the London Eye. The exhibitions and artefacts are spread over several floors and mezzanine levels and include a mock-up of a trench and several warplanes suspended from the ceiling in the main hall.
The museum covers all major events from the First World War to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima but by far the most harrowing part of our day was a wander through the permanent exhibition about the Holocaust. It really was incredibly moving to hear audio from survivors, see a model of a small section of the Auschwitz concentration camp, and gaze upon personal items recovered from some of the estimated 6 million people who lost their lives. We were left pretty shell-shocked.
It might not be what you could call a particularly enjoyable day but it’s certainly a fascinating museum and one well worth visiting if you can.
How did you spend bank holiday Monday? Did anyone else want to cry when your alarm went off this morning?!
Visit the website for the Imperial War Museums.
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