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

Benefits for Network Members

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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

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.

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Latest Blog Posts

  • 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).

  • 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.