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  • Greenham Common Protestors
    Blog: Cold War

    The Sounds of Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Greenham Common Peace Camp in 1981. As part of her work placement, student Celia Oultram-Turner researched IWM collections on this topic and in this blog shares some of her highlights.
  • Mossband Swifts Football Team
    © IWM
    Blog: Home Front

    The Miracle Workers Research Project at The Devil’s Porridge Museum

    The Devil’s Porridge Museum have recently embarked on an ambitious new project called ‘The Miracle Workers Research Project’, which aims to find out more about the 30,000 individuals involved at HM Factory Gretna during the First World War. Research Assistant Laura Noakes tells us more in this guest blog post.
  • Visualising The Lolaire
    Blog: First World War

    Mapping the Centenary – Project Case Studies (Part Three)

    Our first project for this latest blog instalment is The Bravest Little Street in England – Chapel Street, Altrincham. This was organised by the Trafford Local Studies and Archives, Trafford Council.
  • Blog: First World War

    Shalom Sussex: Using IWM collections to research Jewish experiences of the First World War

    How do we make history come alive? For some of us, online records and archival research can provide fascinating insights into past lives. For others, photographs, films and objects may trigger thoughts and emotions in a way that official records fail to do. Fortunately for us, institutions such as Imperial War Museums (IWM) bring together a wide range of approaches to understanding the past.
  • Blog: First World War

    Mapping the Centenary and Digital Sustainability

    IWM’s ‘Mapping the Centenary’ Portal and database represents a positive move in the direction of good professional practice for protecting digital content and outputs. Whilst the portal signposts content rather than preserves it, giving advice about digital sustainability to all participating First World War Centenary projects (such as through the University of Glasgow published report Saving the Centenary’s Digital Heritage) adds another layer of longer-term public access.
  • The D-Day Wall in Western Esplanade, Southampton
    Blog: 1940s

    D-Day Stories from Southampton’s Walls: Recording heritage and disseminating untold soldier stories

    A 19-metre-long section of brick wall near the waterfront in Southampton, known as ‘The D-Day Wall’ still bears the graffiti left by US troops, 76 years ago. During the Second World War, more than 3.5 million men passed through the city. 
  • Blog: First World War

    Mapping the Centenary – An Academic’s Perspective

    As a historian interested in responses to the First World War, digital collections, and public history, the ‘Mapping the Centenary’ website is a boon for future research. The presented site information provides a helpful overview of the types of centenary project that were popular, assisting in quantitative studies of the nature of First World War commemoration in the UK. As a cultural historian, attempting to work out the ‘pulse’ of national commemorations - as well as their regional differences - is usually a daunting task, but this has now been made easier with the resources available on this digital portal.
  • Karlsruhe Main Cemetery, Memorial for German and Foreign Victims of Air-Raid Bombing in World War II by August Meyerhuber 1954
    Blog: 1940s

    One Story, Different Voices - the bombing of Karlsruhe

    In February 1942 Arthur Harris was appointed Commander-in-Chief of Bomber Command. His task was to expedite what was already the official strategy of the Air Ministry, that of dislocating the German transport system and destroying the morale of the civilian population, particularly in industrial areas. The Butt report (August 1941) found that only one in three attacking bombers at that stage of the war got within five miles of their target - this meant that targets would have to be large cities and industrial complexes rather than precise targets.
  • Remains of flak bunker in the Hardtwald Forest around Karlsruhe
    copyright Katherine Quinlan-Flatter
    Blog: 1940s

    One Story, Different Voices - the bombing of Karlsruhe

    After August 25, 1940, when the British Royal Air Force dropped the first bombs on Berlin, the “Immediate Air Raid Protection Programme” was implemented. The program stated that all German cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants and sites of strategic importance should be equipped with sufficient air-raid bunkers for the population.
  • A finished mock-up after the objects have been removed and safely packed away in their boxes by the Project Delivery Team. The content has been censored to keep it a secret until the galleries are opened! (Copyright IWM).
    Copyright IWM
    Blog: Exhibitions

    Exhibition mock-ups: a Conservator's role

    Have you ever visited a museum gallery or art exhibition and wondered how it all came together? Do you walk around thinking about object mounting, text styles and the location of caption panels? Are you looking out for the environmental monitors, spotting colour themes and considering how an object that big got into that space? If it’s a no, good job, you probably aren’t a museum professional and will enjoy the exhibition far more as a result!
  • Senior Aircraftwoman (SACW) Carol Oldridge, who joined RAF Patrington in 1968. Served at the Holmpton bunker as Air Defence Operator until 1974. © Lee Karen Stow
    © Lee Karen Stow
    Blog: Cold War

    Hidden: Cold War Women

    A chance descent into a 1950’s Cold War Bunker on the North Sea Coast, one of few remaining intact in the UK, led to a two-year project that involved me frequently going underground to interview and photograph civilians, volunteers and servicewomen who had served their country in a climate of fear, propaganda and a looming Russia.
  • Patrick Eakin Young Image 1
    Blog: Museum

    Part Two: Challenging Histories in Cultural Spaces

    The SWWHPP is a three year, national initiative led by IWM supporting partners in the cultural heritage and academic sectors to engage with new audiences as they reflect on these significant histories and explore their lasting impacts on our lives, in digital form and public events. The SWWHPP is generously supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.