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  • Advert for The Gold Kimono serial, 1930
    Blog: Literature

    Being Vigilant: Fighting the Red Shadow (1932), Spy Writers and Confronting the ‘Red Menace’ in Inter-War Britain

    Dr Alan Burton shares some of his research as part of the AHRC-funded 'Writers in Intelligence' project. The project focuses on writers of spy fiction who also served in the real world of espionage, and this post focuses on the inter-war years in Britain.
  • War Memorial at Athens War Museum, Taken by Author with Museum’s Permission in July 2023

    Help From Afar: The Greek Contribution in the Korean War and How it Has Been Remembered

    July 2023 marked 70 years since the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement on 27 July 1953, an armistice which ended direct hostilities between North Korea and South Korea. In this post, IWM War Memorials Register Volunteer Konstantina Vardavoulia reflects on the Greek involvement in the conflict, and how it is remembered today.
  • Russian soldiers in uniform walking away from the camera, some glancing in the direction of the photographer
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    Blog: Photography

    One millionth photo digitised as part of the Digital Futures

    IWM is celebrating the 1 millionth photograph digitised by its mass preservation project, Digital Futures.
  • USS TEXAS at Brooklyn Navy Yard, during the First World War
    © IWM Q 20267
    Blog: Second World War

    (Re)Lighting the Torch: Commemorating USS Texas’s role in the North African Landings

    The museum ship USS Texas is unique: not a word to use lightly, but appropriate in this case, as the first US Navy battleship to be gifted to her namesake state, the last dreadnought left anywhere in the world, and perhaps the only extant ship which served in both World Wars, and in both Atlantic and Pacific theatres in the Second World War. Professor Jonathan Rayner, from the School of English at the University of Sheffield, shares details of how a new online exhibition tells the story of USS Texas in Operation ‘Torch’, the Allied invasion of French North Africa in the autumn of 1942.
  • From War to Windrush 75 - image
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    Blog: Second World War

    The Rise of the Windrush Narrative

    No account of the history of post-war migration and the making of modern Britain would today omit the Windrush.  Yet that was not always the case, writes Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future.
  • From War to Windrush 75 - image
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    Why the Windrush still matters today

    22 June 2023 sees the 75th anniversary of HMT Empire Windrush arriving in the UK, with over 800 men and women from the Caribbean responding to Britain's call for more workers. But what does the Windrush mean to the public today? Steve Ballinger from British Future shares his reflections, and details of a recent study on public attitudes to Windrush.
  • Members of the WVS serve tea to crews in the aftermath of an air raid in London, 1941.
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    Rethinking Wartime Citizenship through the Women’s Voluntary Services

    During the Second World War, the Women's Voluntary Services (WVS) played a key role in supporting the war effort in Britain by running communal kitchens, providing first aid, distributing gas masks, caring for evacuees, and driving mobile canteens. However, despite their size and importance to Britain’s ‘home front’, historians have rarely talked in-depth about the WVS. Dr Charlotte Tomlinson, historian of gender and citizenship in Second World War Britain and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, shares her research into the WVS, and her reflections on rethinking wartime citizenship.
  • Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel John Mottram, being interviewed by ITN in the aftermath of Operation Motorman, carried out on 31 July 1972
    Blog: Film

    Reporting and remembering the ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland

    CDP student Ella Roberts discusses how the BBC played a key role in reporting the events of the Trouble to audiences in Northern Ireland, Britain and beyond.
  • Projection of First World War soldiers on the walls of Folkestone train station
    Courtesy of Gateways, University of Kent
    Blog: Arts and Culture

    Walking With Ghosts

    A little over two weeks ago, on 11 November 2022, the first IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund commission from a War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (SSN) member launched. This commission was Walking With Ghosts, created in partnership with The Gateways Partnership, based in the Schools of Arts and History at The University of Kent. Lula Rappoport, Communications and Marketing Officer at IWM, shares her experiences of the commission.
  • Andy Nicholson at Eastriggs MOD, next to a concrete pillbox from the Second World War
    Courtesy of Rosie Shackleton
    Blog: Home Front

    Scottish Archaeology Month and Beyond

    Throughout September, Archaeology Scotland organises the yearly Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM) to showcase the richness and range of archaeological sites across Scotland. As part of the IWM Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP), the theme ‘Landscapes of War’ emerged to look deeper into the lasting effects of WW2 on the Scottish landscape and through this its people. Rosie Shackleton, SWWHPP Digital Intern at Industrial Museums Scotland, shares her experiences.
  • A map of divided postwar Germany depicting the position of Berlin within the Easter zone, displayed at IWM, London in the Peace & Security gallery
    Courtesy of Jessica Douthwaite
    Blog: Cold War

    Viewing museum objects through a Cold War lens – eye-opening possibilities

    In museums, Cold War history is often hidden in plain sight. Coupled with the false but detrimental view by visitors themselves that they know very little about the Cold War, the camouflaged character of this historical topic is both a museological challenge and an opportunity. Dr Jessica Douthwaite, Postdoctoral-Research Fellow at the University of Stirling, discusses how the collaborative project Materialising the Cold War addresses these issues.
  • Fiver young boys stand in their house with musical instruments
    Blog: Film

    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.