With over 1,000 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 is free and available for anyone working on not-for-profit activity relating to conflict since 1914.

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  • 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.

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  • 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

    A national partnership programme of 22 artist commissions inspired by the heritage of conflict. Led by Imperial War Museums, the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund was created following the success of 14-18 NOW, the official UK arts programme for the First World War centenary. A total of £2.5 million has been made available to artists and cultural organisations across the UK, including several SSN members. 

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

    About the SSN

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Latest Blog Posts

  • 25/06/24 Partnerships
    Acrobats in black outfits build a human pyramid, standing on each other's shoulders
    Guest Author - Rachel Melaugh, Creative Director In Your Space Circus
    After the Rain

    Part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund in partnership with Ulster University, 'After the Rain' was the culmination of over a years long engagement in Derry-Londonderry by the world renowned contemporary French circus troupe Compagnie XY. Rachel Melaugh, Creative Director of In Your Space Circus and producer for this project shares her reflections.

  • 25/06/24 Partnerships
    Old box containing many embroidered handkerchiefs
    Guest author: Dr Lee Karen Stow, Visual Artist & Researcher
    Unfolding Hankies

    In this guest blog post, Dr Lee Karen Stow shares insights into her new project. Unfolding her maternal grandmother Olive May Bertholini’s hankies, she also unfolds her story of war and, perhaps, of love. Hidden within these squares of delicate cotton and silk, and striped gents hankies, are memories and clues to what she and others went through during the two world wars.

  • 02/05/24 Partnerships
    Naval officer cadets learn how to operate Asdic sound locator equipment during instruction in anti-submarine warfare at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth in 1959.
    Robert Rumble
    Lifesavers: How conflict innovation can build a better world

    Lifesavers is a project at Imperial War Museums, to discover the fascinating objects and stories relating to science and technology held in the museums’ collections. Generously sponsored by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, Lifesavers aims to discover how conflict has accelerated innovation, and how this has impacted on the world we live in today.

  • 01/05/24 Partnerships
    Image of cut out sculptures of buildings casting shadows on wall
    Guest Author - Dr Alice König, Senior Lecturer, University of St Andrews
    Somewhere to Stay

    Part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, 'Somewhere to Stay' tells the story of Anna Sokulska Forster, the artist's mother, who was deported from her family home in eastern Poland (now Ukraine) and transported to a Soviet labour camp in Arkhangelsk. This was the start of a long journey of survival and ongoing displacement that would see her travel thousands of miles, from Arkhangelsk, to Uzbekistan, Iran, Tanzania, and finally the UK.

  • 01/03/24 Partnerships
    (Left) Portrait of Mabel Wulff, nee Phillips; (Right) Mabel and her husband Max Wulff
    Guest authors: Madeleine Resühr and Andrew Hemmings
    Two countries, two wars: the story of Mabel Wulff, BEM

    Research has been undertaken into the story of Mabel Wulff, who born in Newport in Wales but lived for many years in Germany. In this blog post, Madeleine Resühr and Andrew Hemmings share details of Mabel's extraordinary life, which spanned the two world wars and beyond.

  • 01/03/24 Partnerships
    Title screen for Sunken Warships: Secrets from the Deep
    Guest author: Jason Davidson, Squeaky Pedal
    The Joy of the Archive Jigsaw

    Jason Davidson, producer/director and co-owner of the award winning production company Squeaky Pedal, shares his reflections on exploring the IWM film archive for a new TV series entitled Sunken Warships: Secrets from the Deep.

  • 22/02/24 Partnerships
    Five works of art hang under purple hued light, with woman standing in front.
    Guest Author - Dr. Lee Karen Stow, Visual Artist & Researcher
    Reflections on Tomorrow

    In 2023, five women artists who survived war, conflict and persecution, came together as visual artists to present Tomorrow, a multi-media, studio exhibition. Developed as an IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund commission in partnership with the Freedom Festival, the exhibition is an individual and collective response to the concept of ‘tomorrow’ as an enduring reference to hope, belief and self-determination and a way of looking to the future, together.

  • 02/02/24 Partnerships
    Row of seven white headstones
    Guest author: Dr. Bruce A. Tocher
    Remembering Operation Freshman: Norway, 1942

    In July 1942, the British War Cabinet decided to try to destroy the heavy water production facilities at the Norsk Hydro factory at Vemork, Norway - this was code-named Operation Freshman. Guest author Dr. Bruce A. Tocher shares his research into this operation, and efforts to trace descendants of those involved.

  • 02/02/24 Partnerships
    Pilot standing in front of aircraft
    Guest author: James P. Brew
    Aqaba, the Arab Revolt and Australia

    The Emir Feisal’s victory in taking Aqaba in July 1917 was of considerable strategic significance to the outcome of the First World War. The holding of Aqaba was, however, in the challenging days of 1917, not guaranteed. In this blog post, guest author James P. Brew shares his research into the role of Australian servicemen in this theatre of war.