IWM Blog

  • Brits from nearby Colchester are given a tour around the sights of Boxted air base by members of the 56th Fighter Group in May 1945.
    © IWM FRE 198

    VE Day: The Start of a Waiting Game

    The American airmen did not simply pack up their bags and board troop ships as the final notes of the VE Day big band faded away. Instead, the Roger Freeman Collection of photographs shows how they spent the time between the end of war and their return home, up in the air and on the ground.
  • Ruby Loftus Screwing A Breech Ring by Laura Knight.
    © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 2850.

    Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style

    IWM London’s headline exhibition for the spring and summer, Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style, explores how the war impacted upon an intensely personal aspect of life on the home front during the Second World War.
  • Blog: Arts and Culture

    Suffering and survival: the captive body during the Second World War

    Throughout Southeast Asia during the Second World War, tropical diseases ravaged the bodies of those held by Japanese occupying forces.
  • 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: Arts and Culture

    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.
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    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.
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    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: Arts and Culture

    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…
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    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.