With over 700 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

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
  • Exclusive partnership opportunities, such as the chance to engage with the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, with up to £20,000 available for the creation of new art commissions

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

  • 28/04/22 Partnerships
    Oliver Scurrah
    Reflecting on my time as a Partnerships assistant at IWM

    Partnerships Assistant Oliver Scurrah reflects on his time at IWM.

  • 29/03/22 Partnerships
    © IWM COL 168 Grenadiers march past a Russian church on the Eastern Front, probably Spring 1942. Photograph taken by German Kriegsberichter (War Correspondents) of a Propagandakompanie (Propaganda Company) and published in 1942 for the OKW (German Forces High Command) by Förster und Borries in Zwickau, Germany.
    Guest author: Katherine Quinlan-Flatter
    Victory Through Faith – the Political Activation of the Wehrmacht

    As the tide of the Second World War changed decisively against Nazi Germany, the Reich Propaganda Ministry and the military believed that the war could still be won if the ultimate weapon was deployed – the fanatical belief in the ideology of the Third Reich. German researcher and journalist Katherine Quinlan-Flatter shares insights from her research into this secret scheme.

  • 28/02/22 Partnerships
    An RAF football match played in Italy between two teams of airmen. Mount Vesuvius is visible in the distance behind the goal made of camouflage netting.
    Jonnie Bayes
    IWM and me - Exploring IWM photographs from the Second World War

    In this blog, I provide an insight into contributing to Imperial War Museums’ War and Conflict Subject Specialist Network, through the government funded Kickstart Scheme. I share my reflections on exploring IWM's photography collection, and some tips you might find useful for researching the IWM Collections webpage.

  • 28/02/22 Partnerships
    Students from Eden Girls Waltham Forest interview one of the community participants.
    Guest author: Steve Ballinger, British Future
    Remember Together – how history can unite as well as divide us: Part Two

    Britain’s history, and the ways in which we commemorate it today, is often presented as a battleground. Yet the findings from a pilot project conducted with two secondary schools, featured in Part One of this blog post in 2021, offers a possible route through these choppy waters. Steve Ballinger, Director of Communications at British Future, shares findings from the Remember Together project.

  • 15/02/22 Partnerships
    Visitors exploring the Second World War exhibition
    Oliver Scurrah
    IWM and me – reflecting on my kickstart journey so far

    In this blog, I provide an insight into working alongside Imperial War Museums’ Second World War and Holocaust Partnerships Programme through the government funded Kickstart Scheme. I offer a detailed account of my visit to the recently opened Second World War and the Holocaust Galleries at IWM London – and consider my next steps once my time with this programme is over.

  • 31/01/22 Partnerships
    Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIA, P7895 'RN-N', of No 72 Squadron, based at Acklington, Northumberland, in flight over the coast, piloted by Flight Lieutenant R Deacon Elliot, April 1941.
    Guest author: Adam Kilgour, Multimedia Journalism graduate
    Myth, cultural memory and film: A study of Second World War aircraft in cinema

    How would you respond if you were to be asked about aeroplanes in the Second World War? Perhaps by referring to a war film like The Dam Busters? Adam Kilgour, a recent Multimedia Journalism graduate volunteering with the IWM War Memorial Register, shares insights from his thesis looking at the Second World War narratives told in film.

  • 30/12/21 Partnerships
    Red jumper belonging to Anita Lasker-Wallfisch.
    Guest author: Clare Lawlor
    A personal story from the Holocaust

    Clare Lawlor, from IWM’s Public Engagement and Learning team, shares the story of a red jumper that makes up part of the new Holocaust Galleries at IWM London. She explains what this simple artefact can tell us about a young woman’s experiences during the Holocaust.

  • 01/12/21 Partnerships
    Tanks disembark at the port of Oslo (Badische Presse, April 1940)
    Guest author: Katherine Quinlan-Flatter
    One Story, Different Voices: the Norwegian Campaign, 1940

    Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of neutral Denmark and Norway, took place between April 9 and June 10, 1940. Weserübung was referred to as “the military measures for the protection of the neutrality of Denmark and Norway”. Katherine Quinlan-Flatter, journalist and historian, shares some of her research into how German newspapers during the Second World War reported the Norwegian campaign in 1940.

  • 26/10/21 Partnerships
    Still from trailer for COI 75: Armed Forces training and recruitment films
    Michelle Kirby
    COI 75: Armed Forces training and recruitment films

    Travel the world and take a trip back in time with this colourful trailer highlighting rarely seen and oft-sun-soaked Central Office of Information films, newly digitised thanks to IWMs five-year preservation project Digital Futures. Shared across The National Archives and the British Film Institute’s social media platforms, as well as IWM's digital platforms, this trailer is part of this year's cross-collections collaborative project ‘COI 75’ (#COI75, #Collections United).