IWM Blog

  • Russian soldiers in uniform walking away from the camera, some glancing in the direction of the photographer
    © IWM (4071_90_0027)
    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.
  • From War to Windrush 75 - image
    © Alamy
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A screenshot of UNTV video: UNT 414. It shows children sat on a low wall with the caption "we don't talk about any kind of war themes".
    Blog: Bosnia

    United Nations Television in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina: Reflections from Peace and Conflict Studies

    Dr Catherine Baker explores the UNTV project from Peace and Conflict Studies.
  • Blog: Bosnia

    Reflections on UNTV

    Roy Head reflects on his time as the former head of UNTV.
  • An image of the corner of the Forced to Flee exhibition with a screen on the walling showing clips of the UNTV archive
    Blog: Bosnia

    The Choices Made for the IWM’s Forced to Flee Exhibition and the Use of First-Person Accounts

    IWM Curator Simon Offord reflects on IWM’s Forced to Flee Exhibition and the use of first-person accounts.
  • Map of the Falkland Islands, with land masses in white and the sea in blue
    © IWM FKD 2306 Map of the Falkland Islands
    Blog: Research

    D-Day in the Falklands

    What was it like for British troops involved in the seaborne landings to retake the Falklands Islands? John Beales, an AHRC funded PhD researcher at Keele University and IWM, shares some of his research.
  • Screenshot of a video letter. A refugee looks out over her balcony. The subtitle reads 'We are alright, in a matter of speaking'.
    Draga writes to her friend Nada in Mostar (UNT 206)
    Blog: Research

    UNTV’s video letters

    The most distinctive films in UNTV’s collection are the ‘video letters’. As well as the many informational features that this incarnation of the UNPROFOR television unit made between May 1994 and January 1996, and a small number of interviews with UNPROFOR leaders and ‘vox pops’ with the local public also filmed for early UNTV packages, UNTV made at least 90 of these films.
  • MAU 866, Loyalist Kenyan soldiers, members of the Rift Valley Home Guard, take on members of the Royal Irish Fusiliers at tug-of-war.
    MAU 866 © IWM
    Blog: Research

    Colonial voices: Mau Mau and the IWM’s Sound Archive

    IWM’s Sound Archive is a remarkably rich source, comprising over 33,000 recordings relating to conflict since 1914. But oral histories need careful treatment as historical sources. This is exemplified in the IWM interviews that deal with Britain’s late-colonial conflicts: Aden, Malaya and, the subject of my own studies, the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya, which lasted from 1952 to 1960.
  • 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.
  • 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!