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Harmsworth - IWM Berlin Wall - SE1 & Harmsworth

Plaque: Harmsworth - IWM

Erection date: 2014

Inscription

In 1926 Harold Harmsworth, the first Viscount Rothermere, bought the grounds of the Bethlem Royal Hospital, popularly known as Bedlam, and generously donated them to the people of Southwark as a park named after his mother, Geraldine Mary Harmsworth.

Later, Lord Rothermere felt it was right that the former hospital should become the home of the Imperial War Museum as two of his sons, Vyvyan and Vere, had died during the First World War. The museum moved to this site in 1936 and has remained here ever since.

In 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, IWM completed a major regeneration of the building and its galleries. In this it was strongly supported by the IWM Foundation, chaired by Harold Harmsworth's great-grandson, Jonathan, the fourth Viscount Rothermere.

Site: Berlin Wall - SE1 & Harmsworth (2 memorials)

SE1, Lambeth Road, Imperial War Museum

The Harmsworth plaque is inside the entrance lobby to the Museum, just to the right of our photo.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
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Information Subjects commemorated

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Bethleham Hospital 1&2

A priory for the Order of the Star of Bethlehem, built in 1247 on Bishopsgate...

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World War 1

We'd always assumed that this war was known as the Great War until WW2 came a...

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Geraldine Mary Harmsworth

Mother of Lord Rothermere.   Born in Dublin as Geraldine Mary Maffett, the da...

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Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth

One of Viscount Rothermere's three sons, of which the elder two died in WW1.

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Vere Harmsworth

One of Viscount Rothermere's three sons, of which the elder two died in WW1.

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
Harmsworth - IWM

Information Also at this site

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Berlin Wall - SE1

{On a nearby plaque:} Section of the Berlin Wall 'Change Your Life' by the gr...

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