IWM Blog

  • Reflecting on my time as a Partnerships assistant at IWM
    Partnerships Assistant Oliver Scurrah reflects on his time at IWM.
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    Deadline Video Letter: the transformative force of music and friendship
    IWM Film Curator Michelle Kirby reflects on one of the most memorable films produced by United Nations Television in the mid-1990s, that uncovers the transformative force of music and friendship. She reveals how a single email, serendipitously received from someone who originally appeared in the film over 25 years ago, has deepened her understanding of this powerful footage.
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    Victory Through Faith – the Political Activation of the Wehrmacht
    As the tide of the Second World War changed decisively against Nazi Germany, the Reich Propaganda Ministry and the military believed that the war could still be won if the ultimate weapon was deployed – the fanatical belief in the ideology of the Third Reich. German researcher and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter shares insights from her research into this secret scheme.
  • © IWM CNA 2322 An RAF football match played in Italy between two teams of airmen. Mount Vesuvius is visible in the distance behind the goal made of camouflage netting.
    IWM and me - Exploring IWM photographs from the Second World War
    In this blog, I provide an insight into contributing to Imperial War Museums’ War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network, through the government funded Kickstart Scheme. I share my reflections on exploring IWM's photography collection, and some tips you might find useful for researching the IWM Collections webpage.
  • Students from Eden Girls Waltham Forest interview one of the community participants. Image courtesy of British Future.
    Remember Together – how history can unite as well as divide us: Part Two
    Britain’s history, and the ways in which we commemorate it today, is often presented as a battleground. Yet the findings from a pilot project conducted with two secondary schools, featured in Part One of this blog post in 2021, offers a possible route through these choppy waters. Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications at British Future, shares findings from the Remember Together project.
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    IWM and me – reflecting on my kickstart journey so far
    In this blog, I provide an insight into working alongside Imperial War Museums’ Second World War and Holocaust Partnerships Programme through the government funded Kickstart Scheme. I offer a detailed account of my visit to the recently opened Second World War and the Holocaust Galleries at IWM London – and consider my next steps once my time with this programme is over.
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    Myth, cultural memory and film: A study of Second World War aircraft in cinema
    How would you respond if you were to be asked about aeroplanes in the Second World War? Perhaps by referring to a war film like The Dam Busters? Adam Kilgour, a recent Multimedia Journalism graduate volunteering with the IWM War Memorial Register, shares insights from his thesis looking at the Second World War narratives told in film.