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 programme of talks, debates and podcasts.

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Podcast Series

Conflict of Interest | Series 1

Over seven episodes, we unpack some of the world’s most complicated recent conflicts, from the Northern Ireland "Troubles" to the Iraq War. 
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Podcast Series

Conflict of Interest | Series 2

A podcast which sees celebrities ask the simple questions about the most complex conflicts from the Cold-War era.
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Podcast Series

Before The War

Before The War is a podcast and comic series exploring the lives of three artists whose worlds were changed by conflict, with illustrator @thefakepan.
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Refugee Nights

Refugee Nights is a series of videos exploring refugees' stories in talks, music, history and food.  
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Talks & Tours

IWM Institute Annual Lecture 2022

IWM London
23 March 2022

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Talks & Tours

Ukraine: Echoes From History | Serhii Plokhy

IWM London
24 May 2022

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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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Collaborative Doctoral Awards

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.