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.
Benefits for Network Members
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
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
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
Latest Blog Posts
28/04/22 PartnershipsReflecting on my time as a Partnerships assistant at IWM
Partnerships Assistant Oliver Scurrah reflects on his time at IWM.
29/03/22 PartnershipsVictory 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 PartnershipsIWM 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 PartnershipsRemember 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 PartnershipsIWM 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 PartnershipsMyth, 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 PartnershipsA 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 PartnershipsOne 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 PartnershipsCOI 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).