What is the IWM Institute?

The IWM Institute is Imperial War Museums’ new innovation hub, bridging the gap between academic research and public engagement. Our programme explores the world’s most pressing conflict related issues through the contextual lens of history. Using challenging debates and discussions, original research projects, and dynamic animations and podcasts, the IWM Institute is redefining the boundaries of museum practice. Working with world-leading institutions and a network of experts from the fields of arts and culture, technology, policy, academia and the charity sector, we take a considered long view on contemporary conflict, helping people draw connections between the past and present.

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IWM Associates

IWM Associates are experts drawn from fields including the arts, media, academia, policy and the NGO sector. Associates work with IWM to develop creative new ways of deepening understanding of war and conflict.

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    Marcus Webb & Rob Orchard

    Marcus Webb and Rob Orchard are the co-founders of The Slow Journalism Company and editors of Delayed Gratification.

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    Masuma Ahuja

    Masuma Ahuja is an author, independent journalist and former Digital Editor at The Washington Post.

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    Dr Lina Khatib

    Lina Khatib is Head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

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Explore the IWM Institute's digital content.

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Podcast Series

IWM Institute presents: Before The War

Before The War is a series exploring the lives of three artists whose worlds were changed by conflict with illustrator @thefakepan.
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Refugee Nights is a series of videos filmed over three evenings in the museum exploring refugees' stories in talks, music, history and food.  
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Contemporary conflict


A digital series of talks & debates questioning the concept of 'victory' in conflict today.
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Podcast Series

Conflict of Interest

A podcast which sees celebrities ask the simple questions about the world's most complex conflicts.

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Research is at the heart of the IWM Institute. Explore our work below.

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Research is a central pillar of the IWM Institute.
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Learn more about our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
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Archive & Research Room

At Imperial War Museums, we aim to provide the widest possible access to our outstanding collection, be that printed material, documents, sound, film, photographs or works of art.