IWM Blog

  • An Australian infantryman gives a drink to a wounded Turkish soldier during the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915
    © IWM (Q 13285)
    Blog: First World War

    Remembering the Gallipoli Campaign, April 1915 – January 1916

    In his memoir, Over There with the Australians (1918), R. Hugh Knyvett, an Australian officer, pondered on the preoccupation with the Anzac experience at Gallipoli.
  • A curious soldier passes the official war artist John Keane as he works on a sketch during the Gulf War.
    © Ken Lennox/Mirrorpix (IWM GLF 1324).
    Blog: Art And Design

    The Importance of Art at IWM

    A little known piece of the museum’s history is that the art collection was the principal reason cited in the House of Lords to acquire the Bethlem Hospital building in Lambeth, which is now the IWM London site.
  • Blog: Collaborative Doctoral Awards (PhD)

    Voices of Antiwar Women in the IWM Archives

    Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a conference organised for International Women’s Day at Liverpool Hope University on the topic, ‘Women in Peace and Conflict.’ Embracing the theme ‘Make it Happen’, the conference offered a fascinating insight into the myriad ways women have participated in warfare, peace activism, conflict resolution and post-war state building in twentieth century conflicts.
  • Blog: British Empire

    Looking for Home? New Zealanders in London during the First World War

    Anna Maguire reflects on the activities of New Zealand troops in the capital and the London and the First World War Conference, organised by IWM and the Centre for Metropolitan History (IHR).
  • Blog: Cold War

    Versions of everyday survival in 1950s Britain: feeling fear without worrying.

    The Cold War launched a new series of threats on Britain - from invasion by communists to atomic warfare. The military and moral implications of this ideological battle meant that fear was ever-present in the public sphere.
  • Blog: Art And Design

    Finding new ways to understand the impact of war: The ‘Sensory War 1914-2014’ Exhibition

    Kathryn Butler, a CDP student at the IWM and Open University, discusses her reactions to the 'Sensory War 1914-2014' exhibition.
  • Blog: IWM London

    Reprisal bombs on London following ‘Dam Busters’ raid

    Operation Chastise which destroyed the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe Dams was launched on the night of the 16th May 1943.
  • Blog: First World War

    Geoffrey Malins-early adopter?

    One of the recurrent pleasures of historical research is proving that something we assume to be up-to-the-minute in fact has a long back-story…
  • Blog: Beyond camps and forced labour conference

    Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, 7-9 January 2015: Day 3

    On the third and last day of the conference the themes ranged from visual testimonies, and repatriation and resettlement, to the legacy of the euthanasia programmes and medical experiments, and the uses of the International Tracing Service (ITS) digital collection.
  • Blog: Beyond camps and forced labour conference

    Beyond Camps and Forced Labour, 7-9 January 2015: Day 2

    The second day of the conference promised, and gave, a very full programme of 32 papers across nine panels. Papers touched on repatriation and resettlement, children, compensation, early testimonies, remembrance, displaced persons and forced labour.
  • Blog: Conference

    ‘Beyond Camps and Forced Labour: current International Research on Survivors of Nazi Persecution’, 7 – 9 January 2015

    The opening plenary session of this conference focused on the world’s newest Jewish Museum - Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw.
  • Blog: British Empire

    ‘We hope to give the lads a little cheer’: marking Christmas during the First World War

    During the First World War, the troops made an effort to mark Christmas, despite the obvious difficulties. Words, objects and images from Imperial War Museums’ collections and elsewhere reveal how the soldiers negotiated some space for family, sharing and festivity.