• Short Summary

    PRICELESS RELICS OF TWO WORLD WARS WERE FEARED DESTROYED TONIGHT (SUNDAY) AFTER FIRE SWEPT LONDON'S IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM.

  • Description

    PRICELESS RELICS OF TWO WORLD WARS WERE FEARED DESTROYED TONIGHT (SUNDAY) AFTER FIRE SWEPT LONDON'S IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM. EARLY REPORTS INDICATED THAT THE BLAZE MIGHT HAVE BEEN DELIBERATELY STARTED.

    OVER 100 FIREMEN WERE CALLED TO THE SCENE, IN THE LAMBETH AREA OF SOUTH LONDON, AS FLAMES SHOT UP FROM THE DOME OF THE MUSEUM. THE MUSEUM'S CINEMA, JUST BELOW THE DOME, CONTAINS MANY PRICELESS AND IRREPLACEABLE NEWSREELS AND FILMS OF THE FIRST AND SECOND WORLD WARS.

    THE MUSEUM WAS FOUNDED IN 1917 AS A MEMORIAL TO MEN AND WOMEN OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH WHO FELL IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. THE RECORD WAS CONTINUED FOR THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

    THE REFERENCE LIBRARY CONTAINS MORE THAN 90,000 BOOKS AND THE PHOTOGRAPHS SECTION OVER 4,000,000 PRINTS. BOTH DEPARTMENTS MAY HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY AFFECTED, BUT THE LIBRARY, SAID TO BE WORTH AT LEAST GBP250,000 STERLING, IS LOCATED SOME DISTANCE FROM THE HEART OF THE FIRE AND IT WAS HOPED THIS HAD BEEN SAVED.

    MANY WAR RELICS WERE BELIEVED RUINED AS FIREMEN POURED THOUSANDS OF GALLONS OF WATER ONTO THE BLAZING DOME. PICTURES AND UNIFORMS ON SHOW IN ROOMS BENEATH THE DOME WERE BUFFETED BY STREAMS OF WATER AND FALLING RUBBLE.

    LAST MONTH FIELD MARSHAL VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OPENED A NEW DOCUMENT ROOM AT THE MUSEUM WHICH INCLUDED THE GERMAN SURRENDER DOCUMENT SIGNED AT LUNEBURG HEATH ON MAY 4 1945. QUEEN ELIZABETH OPENED A NEW GBP347,500 STERLING EXTENSION TO THE MUSEUM IN 1966.

    TONIGHT DETECTIVES WERE INVESTIGATING THE POSSIBILITY THAT A DELAYED ACTION DEVICE MAY HAVE CAUSED THE FIRE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEQBVDRZUNAKJX7AOMETV2SCTT
    Media URN:
    VLVAEQBVDRZUNAKJX7AOMETV2SCTT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/10/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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