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Sikorski Museum, London

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The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, commonly known as Sikorski Institute, is a London-based non-governmental organisation of the Polish community in the United Kingdom.
It was created after the Second World War to preserve the memory of the Polish armed forces in the West and their contribution to World War II, at a time when the communist takeover of Poland made it hard and dangerous for many exiled Polish ex-servicemen and civilians to return home, and research and publication about those issues were banned or censored in the People's Republic of Poland.
In practical terms, this meant the preservation of historical records, documents, regimental colours, uniforms, insignia, works of art, literature and many personal effects which had once belonged to Polish statesmen, diplomats, academics, military leaders and ordinary men and women.
To that goal, the Sikorski institute, named after General Władysław Sikorski, has acted as a museum, archive and publishing house for much of Western Polonia and continues to function as an independent cultural and research institution.
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  • Great little museum in South Kensington - for anyone interested in Polish/European history, full of photographs, documents and many actual artefacts preserved from the war. The entrance is free, and....  more »
  • The guys running this museum were wonderful, they had so much knowledge which they shared during a guided tour. We wished we could have spent more time there. Anyone who had Polish family fighting in....  more »
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  • It’s a great place to visit if you want to learn more about Poland and it’s history. If someone in your family is Polish and was in the United Kingdom diluting Second World War there is high chance that you might find something about him. Although try to contact the Institute in advance!
  • Excellent little museum, lots of authentic pieces and tour guide of highest degree

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