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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    Between Mau Mau and Home Guard: Intertwining voices from the Mau Mau Uprising in IWM’s archive
    In the bowels of the Imperial War Museum, or to be specific in a climate-controlled warehouse in Cambridgeshire, one can find a wealth of private papers. Among these are a few dozen typescript pages of storytelling, narrating thirteen months of conflict in colonial Kenya. Sources considering late-colonial wars still overwhelmingly originate from white administrators, but as this article will show, there are items in IWM’s collections that allow for intertwining narratives and a more perceptive understanding of such insurgencies.