With over 600 members globally, the IWM War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network builds capacity, connections and confidence in the cultural heritage sector. 
Network members look at a range of themes and subjects within the period of the First World War to the present day. 
Our aim is to share and develop knowledge and skills amongst many diverse organisations and individuals across the UK and further afield. 



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Membership to the network
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• Is for anyone working on not-for-profit activity relating to conflict since 1914

Benefits for Network Members

Neighbours chatting as normal despite the restrictions of their gas masks during a practice drill in Southend.

Benefits for Network Members

•             Access to free downloadable resources, guides, research and assets from IWM collections

•             Connect with others to share best practice – read case studies and browse our network directory

•             Attend a range of online events, that promote collaboration and professional development 

•             Receive monthly e-newsletters, including opportunities to promote your activity


Welcomed by an escort of small boats and a large, enthusiastic crowd waving Union Jack Flags, the P & O liner CANBERRA returns to Southampton from the Falkland Islands with men of 3 Commando Brigade and other troops on board.


Keep your Distance! Working Digitally and Internationally in a Post-Covid World
Thursday 25 November, online

The 2020 outbreak of Covid-19 has transformed the world that we live in and how we work. The doors to our museums and international travel closed. This conference will explore projects that have pioneered international working and digital provision. How did our sector keep pushing the boundaries in these testing times? How can we continue our work in an environment of uncertainty?

This conference is hosted by IWM’s Subject Specialist Network. We welcome members of the network, as well as non-members from across the sector. Sign up here

More Information

  • A teacher and her pupils enjoy a lesson in a basement at Greek Road School in South East London in 1941.
    © IWM (D 3161)
    Connecting, Sharing, Learning project

    Between July 2020 and June 2021, IWM’s War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network (WCSSN) led a project called Connecting, sharing, learning: sustaining relationships between collections and older communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more

  • An abstract aerial view of a bombing raid on a city.
    © IWM Art.IWM ART LD 4526 Battle of Germany by Paul Nash
    IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund

    IWM is harnessing the legacy of 14-18 NOW, making £2 million available to artists and cultural organisations for new art commissions. This will include 15 commission opportunities with a value of around £20,000 each, exclusively available to SSN members. Find out more

  • British and US navy crews shaking hands between ships.
    © IWM (A 730)
    About the SSN

    Read about what the SSN is, how we work and what we offer to members.

    Members Agreement

    Terms and Conditions of membership

    Frequently Asked Questions


Latest Blog Posts

  • 28/09/21 Partnerships
    IWM HU 8967 A Jewish woman is forced to sweep the streets of Riga, Latvia, after its fall to the Germans, 22 August 1941. From late July, Jews in Latvia were ordered to wear a Star of David on their chest.
    Guest Author: Lauren Willmott
    Operation Barbarossa: the German Invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 - Part Two

    Eighty years ago this year, on 22 June 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa). The aim was to win Lebensraum ('living space') in the East, and was to be a ‘war of annihilation’ targeting the Jews and Roma living there. By the end of 1942, at least 1.1 million Jewish men, women and children had been murdered in mass shootings. IWM Curator Lauren Willmott shares details about how these events are represented in the new Holocaust Galleries at IWM London.

  • 21/09/21 Partnerships
    IWM HU 111385 A Panzerbefehlswagen Ausf H (Panzer III) command tank and motorcycles of General Guderian's 2nd Panzer Group, part of Army Group Centre, during Operation Barbarossa, summer 1941.
    Guest author: Katherine Quinlan-Flatter
    Operation Barbarossa: the German invasion of the Soviet Union, 1941 - Part One

    On 18 December 1940, Adolf Hitler ordered Operation Barbarossa, Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union to win Lebensraum ('living space') in the East and to destroy Jewish Bolshevism. The campaign began on 22 June 1941, and caused millions of military and civilian casualties. German historian and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter talks about the first few weeks of the campaign as reported in the German newspapers of the time, and its impact on German life.

  • 10/09/21 Partnerships
    Spitfire sculpture in the exhibition.
    Guest Author: Anthony Padgett
    Art of the Second World War: Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain

    IWM is working with four partners to share art from our collections and explore different perspectives on the Second World War, to mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. Artist Anthony Padgett worked with one of our partners, The Harris in Preston, to create a new sculpture based on the stories of local people.

  • 12/08/21 Partnerships
    Trench system reconstructed at CEMA, Kent. Image: James Valls
    Guest Author: David Flintham
    Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

    How often has anyone visiting the site of a battlefield wondered just how things would have actually looked at the time? David Flintham tells us about the work of the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology, which reconstructs historical sites using cutting-edge technology.

  • 10/08/21 Partnerships
    Left: St Basil’s Church, Bassaleg, Newport. Right: Headstone of William Jenkins. Image: Ziyan Wang.
    Guest Author: Ziyan Wang
    Writing for war graves: Turning stones into people

    SSN member Andrew Hemmings is researching Second World War casualties buried near to his home in Wales. Find out more in this guest blog post, written by Cardiff University student Ziyan Wang.

  • 21/07/21 Partnerships
    Photograph of the Atrium at IWM London
    Guest Author: Morris Brodie, Aberystwyth University
    Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme: Digital Intern Reflections

    In this guest blog Morris Brodie, Digital Intern at Aberystwyth University, reflects on a Residential held at IWM London bringing together Interns across the Partnership.

  • 30/06/21 Partnerships
    Ulster Museum then and now
    Jane Williams, National Museums NI
    National Museums NI: Second World War and Holocaust Partnership Programme (SWWHPP)

    In a year when the pandemic has limited our contact with others, it’s been stimulating to connect with new partners and think creatively about engaging people with the Second World War. Northern Ireland and conflict make most people think of the Troubles – local stories of the Second World War are often untold or unheard. 

  • 29/06/21 Partnerships
    Group photo containing Syed Qurban Hussain Shah
    Steve Ballinger
    Remember Together – how history can unite as well as divide us

    In this guest post, SSN Member Steve Ballinger of British Future tells us about a project in collaboration with The Royal British Legion, that aims to bring people from different backgrounds together in remembrance of our shared history.

  • 24/06/21 Partnerships
    War Illustrated - Hero Image
    Jennifer Arnold
    Researching The War Illustrated magazine

    The War Illustrated was a British magazine published in the two world wars. In this guest post, University of Sheffield student Jennifer Arnold tells us about her research into First World War editions of the magazine, with a focus on the representation of Red Cross nurses.