VLOG | Visiting the Imperial War Museum & Mooching Around London!


Morning! And welcome to a new vlog. I’m gonna have to put my sunglasses on because it is really sunny. So it’s very loud because I’m actually right next to a main road but today I’ve been on a bit of a museum fix as of late and I’ve been thinking about some of the free things that you can do in London if you don’t have a lot of moolah to spend like myself who’s saving up for a wedding. So I thought we would go to the Imperial War Museum, it’s somewhere that I’ve heard a lot about and it just contains a lot of history and it’s always nice to go and pay tribute to those that sacrificed so much so that we can live the way that we do now. So yeah, I’m heading to the train station. So I got off at the Elephant and Castle train station. Came out the trace station… train station, went right and at the traffic lights on the Left, crossed over just kept walking straight forward and now I’ve seen signs for the Imperial War Museum. So for once I haven’t got lost. [Music] So we’re in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. So the Imperial War Museum is in the centre and then you’ve got different things around it; Soviet Memorial, World Garden, Cafe, Tibetan Peace Garden. So the parks named after Geraldine Mary Harmsworth. Mary married Alfred Harmsworth, had 14 children! So her husband died and she brought up her children. Two became viscounts, one a baron and three were MPs. So in like the sporting area there’s loads of tennis courts and other areas, and then there’s these. It’s an outdoor gym. [Music] So a really important message on this, its says, “We human beings are passing through a crucial period in our development, conflict and mistrust have plagued the past century which has brought immeasurable human suffering and environmental destruction. It is in the interests of all of us on this planet that we make a joint effort to turn the next century into an era of peace and harmony. I found it! The Imperial War Museum. So we’re gonna be headin’ inside. I don’t know how confident I’m gonna feel talking to camera, so I’m not sure whether it’ll be montagey or whether I will talk over bits of it but we’re gonna go in and we’re gonna take a look. [Music] So I’m in and there’s loads of exhibits to look at that are free. We did a bag check when we came in but they were really like friendly and funny with it. So lady next to me, they were like have you got anything sharp? They said, just curling tongs. They said, well try not to perm anyone. So they have got tours available as well, additional charges. So family friendly tour £10, Empire to Armistice £10, Bedlam to Baghdad £10. [Music] This is about how they recruited, so they would test how good your eyesight was but if you had any problems like a squint then it was rejection. So this is a camouflage tree an, observation post. Incredible really. There was a real tree in no man’s land with its branches blasted off. It was sketched and then they built a one out of steel and then at night they took away the tree and replaced it with a fake one so you could observe the German lines. We are so messed about and badgered from pillar to post… you can’t help laughing at it when you can spare the time from swearing. A lot of this is just truly frightening and you can’t really even comprehend what they went through. So we’re gonna go into sort of a recreation of a trench. [Music] We just come out of the First World War exhibition and they went through all that hoping that there would be peace and then I’m up on the second floor now, we’re about to go into, War on the Way, Second World War. In 1938, thirty eight million gas masks were distributed. Two million of these special red and blue Mickey Mouse masks had also been issued to children by 1940. Try and keep spirits high using those characters even though it’s something so awful. They’ve got a model here of a 1940s home and then in the garden you’ve got the Anderson shelter to protect you from the bombing. [Music] If you have trouble reading the small print they’ve got a large print guide here for the exhibit. so I’m just a bit overwhelmed by how much there is here. It goes from ground floor, all the way up to the fifth floor. Exhibitions, different exhibitions on each and all accessible by stairs or by lift. So I’m out of the Imperial War Museum and I’m just all sorts of emotions. The last exhibit which, I just didn’t want to do any filming in. I’m sure if you were allowed, I just didn’t even think of it anyway. It was about the Holocaust so… It just really got to me like…the sheer like barbaric nature of it all. It was just ridiculous. But those stories you know, that that Museum, it’s so great that’s free and that it is telling the stories of these people, these individuals and not only this stories about you know, the the tragic side but also the stories of hope and courage and bravery. It’s so important to pass on the history. Anyway I think, so yeah, it was it was great to come and visit. It is somewhere that you need to come and experience and enter into and get invested in. That’s what happened to me when I was going around, that’s why I didn’t vlog very much. As well a lot of it was out of respect. So as Hagrid would say “sorry about that.” We’re back, normal programming has resumed. My emotions are back in check. So we’ve walked a bit and we’re heading towards somewhere that I used to go all the time, this is the route I used to take when I was walking to work when I worked for Merlin and Shrek’s adventure. That’s County Hall, that’s where, I used to go inside there to go into Shrek’s. And also I think like sat-nav devices or map devices get a bit confused and they think that’s the entrance to Shrek’s Adventure but it’s not, it’s around the front. All the time that I’ve lived in London I’ve still never gone on this Coca-Cola eye. So along here you’ve got loads of Merlin attractions. You’ve got the London Dungeon, you’ve got Shrek’s Adventure and then you’ve got Sea Life. [Music] So it’s just too hot and too busy in London to be walking around so I think I’m gonna head back and then I might go at the cinema. I don’t know what to see yet. Westminster Abbey on the way that I’ve decided to go to Victoria Station. I’ve never seen it actually and of course there’s a shop. The Westminster Abbey shop. So to go in, if you buy at the Abbey it’s £23, if you buy online it’s £21 for like fast track entry. I nearly said fast pass. I am a sweaty mess. And I’ve got a mark from where I had my cap. It’s been hot today. So I left London and then I thought about going to the cinema actually went to the cinema to check what was on but there wasn’t anything they really grabbed me. So instead I just grabbed a coffee and then came back home but I did walk all the way back home so that’s why I’m hot and I just went to the supermarket and I thought, I really fancy an ice cream. So got an ice cream, I should have known because like most of the compartments were empty so I bought this ice cream, opened it up and it was melting. So I don’t think the fridge was working properly, so I had it and I felt it going on the stick and it fell off the stick and I just had to hold the ice cream in my hand and then eat it off of my hand. But I paid for that ice cream so I was gonna have it. But I’m back now, so I’m gonna make some pasta and just watch some YouTube I think. I’ve gone for pasta and I’m watching a show that I’ve not watched before but that my dad told me to take a look at and it’s called… well it’s on First We Feast and it’s a show called Hot Ones, where this guy interviews famous people and they have to eat wings and they get hotter. It’s a weird concept but it’s actually really good to watch. So I’ve had my food and I’m gonna end this vlog here. It has been, just a bit random and all over the place. I hope you’ve enjoyed and we will have another video for you on Sunday so make sure you subscribe and also click the bell button so that you’re notified as to when we have new videos going out. If you want to follow us on Instagram then Helena is itssohelena and I am martyn.bell, and then if you want to purchase yourselves a Slinkeh Dawwgg button badge we’ve still got about 20 left I think from this batch on the Etsy store. You can find the link in the description below. But thank you so much for watching and we’ll see you in the next one. Byee. [Music: Dreams by DJ Quads]

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