Projects and Partnerships

Project work is critical to the delivery of IWM’s objectives. We are currently working on several important projects and these are detailed in our Corporate Plan.

Our highest organisational priority is the First World War Centenary Programme, which will see IWM mark the centenary of the Great War in 2014–2018 by leading a vibrant, four year programme of cultural activities across the country. This includes the opening of brand new First World War Galleries and an enhanced atrium space at IWM London in 2014, the first in a series of long term redevelopment plans which will transform our flagship branch

There are other important projects underway across our branches. This activity demonstrates our focus on audiences and innovation, our capacity to evolve and how we seek to use our resources efficiently and effectively.

We work in collaboration with a broad range of partners and this activity brings many benefits:

  • Reaching broader audiences nationally and internationally 
  • Widening access to our existing collections 
  • Bringing the opportunity to build our collections 
  • Increasing our knowledge and understanding of our collections 
  • Sharing ideas, skills and resources 
  • Building capacity within the museums sector and beyond 

Our First World War Centenary Programme is an example of our approach to working in partnership with a broad range of different organisations.

We have also collaborated with academic colleagues on a number of research projects.

Sharing knowledge and expertise

We share our knowledge and expertise with colleagues in the sector in different ways.

We provide advice through specific project-based partnerships, such as the First World War Centenary Partnership and Challenging History

We act as mentors to other museum professionals helping them gain Associate Membership of the Museums Association

We present in conferences across a variety of subjects that represent our collections, research and other areas of expertise; as well as participate in forums, such as the Libraries & Archives Group, the Visitor Studies Association etc.

For more information on collaboration between national museums, you can read this leaflet by the National Museum Directors' Council.