The Battle For Britain, Ralph Applebaum Associates

Kasia Tomasiewicz began an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, entitled The Imperial War Museum and British Public Memory of the Second World’, in May 2016. The partnership is between the University of Brighton and IWM London. Her project critically engages with the evolution of display and audience interpretation of Second World War galleries at the IWM since 1945. Changes in museology pedagogy and practice in our national museum of war will be mapped alongside shifting dominant political, commemorative and cultural landscapes. The IWM will in-part be used as a lens by which to understand wider changes and tensions within Britain over the course of the mid-20th and 21st centuries. These include: national identity, gender, marginalized colonial and eastern European histories, and the legacy of the Holocaust, among others. The overall aim is to shed new light on how Britain has interacted and continues to interact with the Second World War. In addition, her on-going research will chart and aim to inform the upcoming permanent Second World War galleries in 2020.