IWM Blog

  • Blog: Cold War

    The RAF in the Cold War 1950-1970

    For over forty years the Royal Air Force was in the frontline of Britain’s Cold War defences. Recording the first half of this dynamic period were a small number of specialist aviation photographers from the Air Ministry’s (later Ministry of Defence’s) Photographic Reproduction Branch (PRB) who produced a unique collection of 10,000 colour images.
  • Blog: Exhibitions

    Remembrance Day 2014: Break of Day in the Trenches

    On the first Remembrance Day of the Centenary, Isaac Rosenberg’s acclaimed poem ‘Break of Day in the Trenches’ is set alongside images of troops at dawn during the First World War.
  • Blog: American Air Museum

    A Website from Scratch

    Research Officer at the American Air Museum (AAM), Lucy May Maxwell, candidly discusses her experience of working on the team that created the American Air Museum's new interactive archive of images and information. The American Air Museum is located within IWM Duxford.
  • Blog: Film

    IWM Short Film Festival 2014

    On a sunny Autumn afternoon, I moved through the crowds pouring into IWM London to attend a screening of this year’s Film Festival. Launched in 2001 as a student competition by Toby Haggith, the Founding Director, the film festival is back from a three year absence to mark the reopening of the Museum.
  • Blog: IWM London

    Walcot Square / Kennington Park bomb incident, September 1940

    11.30pm HE bomb exploded Walcot Square. Serious damage to property. Known casualties. 1 killed." Civil Defence incident report from Post 9, 195 Kennington Road, 17 September 1940 Take a stroll around the side of IWM London and onto the Kennington Road.
  • Blog: IWM London

    The papers of Brigadier J M Calvert DSO ("Mad Mike")

    It is difficult enough to justify your action to higher authority and it is made no easier when you fail to obey orders issued for the comfort of your troops and in addition fail to ack[nowledge] or reply to my messages.
  • Blog: British Empire

    The Department of Sound Records at the Imperial War Museum, London, in the 1970s

    Collaborative Doctoral Award student, Rebecca Coll, writes about the IWM's historic commitment to progressive methods of research and collecting.
  • Blog: Exhibitions

    Queuing for Popular Exhibitions at the Imperial War Museum

    When IWM London’s First World War Galleries re-opened on 19th July 2014, the queues extended past the big naval guns and out of the gates to the north of the building. On the first day, over 8,000 people came to visit the museum and 60,134 people had come to visit within the first week.
  • Blog: British Empire

    Discovering the Experiences of Indian Soldiers in the First World War using the Indian Soldiers' Fund reports

    IWM's Parveen Sodhi investigates the reports of the Indian Soldiers' Fund to find a new point of access for the history of Indian troops during the First World War.
  • Blog: IWM London

    Recent News from the Research Team

    A triumphant flinging of mortar boards as the 2014 graduates of the University of East Anglia’s School of World Art Studies and Museology received their degrees recently.
  • Blog: First World War

    Guest Post: Black Poppies – Britain’s Black Community and the Great War

    To mark the publication of his new book, 'Black Poppies', Stephen Bourne reflects on researching Britain's black community and the First World War.
  • The images shared during the War, Citizenship and Public Memory Workshop.
    Image courtesy of Autograph.
    Blog: British Empire

    The Challenges of Remembering: Researching Empire and War

    To mark the publication of IWM's guide to Researching the British Empire in the First World War, Anna Maguire reflects on the challenges of remembering war and empire.