From Yards to Hards: Preparing Allied naval forces for the 1944 Normandy Landings
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Exploring the Second World War innovations that made D-Day possible ..read more
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Lifesavers: How conflict innovation can build a better world
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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. This project serves to improve global safety, by learning from the past for inspiration. One year into this exciting project, I’ve discovered many collections and themes around wartime innovation, and how they impact our lives today ..read more
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Friends, Foes and Good Companions: A Journey Through the Cod Wars
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4M ago
The Cod Wars, a series of confrontations between Iceland and the UK overfishing rights in the North Atlantic, have been a topic of discussion for decades. However, the impact of this conflict on the fishing industry and the communities involved has often been overlooked. That's where the "Friends, Foes and Good Companions" exhibition comes in. This reportage artwork has been created by artist Olivier Kugler and writer Andrew Humphreys, commissioned by the Imperial War Museums – IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund in partnership with Our Big Picture and supported by Arts Council England. The exhibition r ..read more
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The Joy of the Archive Jigsaw
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4M ago
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 ..read more
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Two countries, two wars: the story of Mabel Wulff, BEM
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4M ago
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 ..read more
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Engaging With Inherited Archives
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5M ago
Laura Nathan is a contemporary textiles artist and through the support of an Arts Council England artist development grant (DYCP), she is currently exploring family archives surrounding her grandparents’ Holocaust narratives. In this blog post, Laura shares her reflections on the project ..read more
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Conscription and reform of the British penal system
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6M ago
When the British government introduced conscription in 1916, no-one anticipated that this would lead to large numbers of conscientious objectors (COs) being held in civilian prisons, much less that it would have significant consequences for prison reform. In this post, Dr Frances Hurd shares her research into this topic ..read more
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Finding an artist for the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund
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6M ago
In summer 2023, Imperial War Museums (IWM) worked with Art School Plus and The Brickworks Museum to offer an exciting commissioning opportunity to an early-career artist as part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund. The programme supports more than 20 cultural organisations from across the UK to commission ambitious new artworks inspired by the heritage of conflict, created by world-leading and emerging contemporary artists ..read more
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Celebrating 60 years of the American Library
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8M ago
2023 marks 60 years since the first Memorial Library dedicated to the 2nd Air Division of the 8TH Air Force of the United States Army Forces (USAAF) was opened in Norwich, Norfolk. Today the library retains the identity first envisaged for it – that of a living memorial, a place where there is a shrine to the dead and a daily exchange of American thoughts and ideals. In this blog post, Orla Kennelly of the American Library shares details on this unique memorial and library ..read more
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Reflections on Walking with Ghosts
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This month, Walking with Ghosts returned to Folkestone Harbour Arm Station. The immersive outdoor artwork had a powerful impact on audiences last year when it premiered at the historic station where so many crossed to and from the battlefields during the First World War. In this blog post, Professor Helen Brooks from University of Kent reflects on the impact of this powerful commission, part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund programme ..read more
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