Indoor Activities

The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks

The Battle of the Ancre and the Advance of the Tanks

Free screenings at 11am and 3.30pm. Including the first ever scenes of tanks in battle, the film also conveys, with power and artistry, the difficulties experienced by the British Army as it fought on over ground beset in a sea of mud. Over one hundred years later, this unique film from IWM’s collection, is being shown to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.

©IWM still from The Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the Tanks (1917) © IWM 116

Poison Gases and Explosive Molecules

Explore the chemistry of explosives with our molecular model making

Military Army Medical Corps

A medical display staffed by experts to show a range of real and replica items related to the Western Front.


Avoid getting shot by looking at a real WWI periscope and making your own periscope to take home.

Rubber Band Guns

Using the elasticity of rubber to explain the basic principles of gunfire

The Itches!

View the scourge of the common soldier on the battlefield through microscopes, lice, fleas and mosquitoes!

Underground Tunnel

For the young adventurers – experience what it was like to work through tunnels mined under the Front itself!

Western Front Association

Ask the Western Front Association (WFA) experts who will be able to source any relatives army records and print out memorial scrolls.

Ask the Experts

Staffed by WWI experts who will be pleased to identify and discuss any contemporary WWI items visitors bring along.