IWM Blog

  • Blog: First World War

    Second Lieutenant George Arthur Nicholls: 'He always played the Game'.

    As the first official photographer on the Home Front, Horace Nicholls documented the impact of total war on the British people during the First World War. After the war, Nicholls photographed the unveiling of the Cenotaph and the burial of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey.
  • Blog: Wartime Fashion

    Happy Birthday, Horace

    17 February, 2017 marked the 150th anniversary of the birth of an important and yet comparatively little-known British photographer. Perhaps more than any other photographer, Horace Nicholls has shaped our perception of Britain during the first decades of the twentieth century.
  • Blog: 1940s

    Five more go through the War Office Selection Boards (WOSBs)

    ‘The test has now begun.’ These five words, which have struck fear into the hearts of many, seem oddly out of place in the Wellcome Collection’s impressive Reading Room. It’s not just the location, rather that all participants including five from the IWM’s Second World War Galleries team, are wearing false moustaches.
  • Blog: British Empire

    'Exploring black people's involvement in the First World War': Free workshop reviewed

    I was invited to speak at a workshop on 15 October at the Imperial War Museum, London, on black people’s involvement in the First World War. I was honoured to be part of a panel where the work of each speaker complemented one another.
  • Blog: IWM

    Dirty Wars: A Century of Counterinsurgency

    It was with great delight and pleasure that I received copies of my book, Dirty Wars: A Century of Counterinsurgency, which was published by The History Press on 6 October and will be published in North America in February 2017. This is the first book written for IWM by a member of staff to fully explore the origins and continuing importance and relevance of counterinsurgency.
  • Blog: Art And Design

    Clare Carolin visits Limerick to see Still (the) Barbarians: EVA International the Irish Biennale, curated by Koyo Kouoh

    ‘I grew up with that border and I wouldn’t want it back again...’ intones the septuagenarian taxi driver taking me from Shannon Airport to Limerick.
  • Blog: 1940s

    Working Lives and Memories of the Home Front

    War generates unique and unexpected experiences in civilians’ ordinary lives. But war can also exist as a surprisingly uneventful setting for everyday working lives.
  • Blog: Collaborative Doctoral Awards (PhD)

    Resistance to the First World War Conference

    Over the weekend of 18-20 March an international conference took place in Leeds, focusing on resistance to the First World War.
  • Blog: Exhibitions

    Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS

    Since 2009 IWM has been running a project to collect the experiences of British military personnel serving in contemporary conflicts.
  • Blog: Art And Design

    'The Day After' 1983: real and imagined nuclear attack in the Cold War

    On the evening of November 20 1983, 100 million Americans settled down to watch Nicholas Meyer's made-for-TV film The Day After. The film’s focus was a familiarly normal community in rural Eastern Kansas in the lead up to, and aftermath of, nuclear war.
  • Blog: British Empire

    The Imperial War Museum Sound Collection

    As we look forward to the New Year and begin to plan the various projects which will keep us busy over 2016, it is always useful to take a step back and consider the progress already made.
  • Blog: 1940s

    Remembering Far East Captivity and the Aftermath: 70 Years On

    2015 has been a poignant year. Seventy years after the end of the Second World War, veterans and their families came together throughout the summer to reflect, remember and renew their commitment to sharing the stories of wartime.