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IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Follow us on Facebook and join our growing community of fans. Discover in-depth information about IWM London, special content, and discuss and share with others. Our social media house rules can be found here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/corporate/policies/social-media

10/06/2020

IWM Statement: #BlackLivesMatter

Making a statement about Black Lives Matter is no substitute for making actionable change.

Racism isn't just about hate. It spans unconscious bias, access, inclusion, perception, ignorance, apathy and dialogue. These are all things we can help to tackle through how we tell stories at IWM.

We know there’s a lot more we can do, and a long way for us to go.

Here are some of the things we will do:

> We will listen - to our peers, our staff, our visitors and the wider public
> We will have difficult conversations – including about our own history
> We will embrace topics perceived as ‘controversial’ which reveal or highlight issues that are uncomfortable or contested, nationally or internationally
> We will explicitly collect around excluded and underrepresented stories
> We will diversify our collections
We will increase the number of staff appointments from minority groups
> We will create an open and supportive environment for our staff to challenge and interrogate us
> We will tell more stories to represent marginalised narratives and experiences
> We will continue to implement access and inclusion training for all of our staff, at all levels
> We will continue to give a voice to an internal network of staff in place to be ‘critical friends’ to the museum on all issues of access and inclusion

All of these actions are measurable. We will report back on our progress to our Trustees who hold IWM to account on behalf of the public.

We will keep listening.

10/06/2020
Adventures in History: Trench Tales

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph?

Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating stories that the objects in our museums hold. Discover personal stories from the First World War, from the trenches to the home front.

Do you have any questions about our Trench Tales? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPSHpYBCbqg

What can you uncover by looking at a photograph? Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she helps us reveal fascinating stories that the objects in our museums ...

Calling all adventurers! Get ready to dive into our fantastic First World War collection with this week’s Adventures in ...
08/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Get ready to dive into our fantastic First World War collection with this week’s Adventures in History.

Join IWM expert Ngaire who will be sharing tales from the trenches and beyond in our next two films.

On Friday have your whisks at the ready as we bring you another brilliant baking mission, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare:
http://ow.ly/Izhn50zZYNI

On 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare: D-D...
06/06/2020

On 6 June 1944, Allied forces launched the largest combined naval, air and land operation in the history of warfare: D-Day.

Codenamed Operation 'Overlord', the Normandy landings marked the start of a long and costly campaign to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation and oppression.

Learn more about the operation from those who were there: https://bit.ly/2TXSZT3

© IWM B 5103

05/06/2020
Family Mission: Parachute Jump

IWM and CBBC presenter Ben Shires are entrusting you with a super secret Family Mission. Our mission’s code name is: Operation “Titanic” and the success of D-Day depends on it!

Your full mission briefing can be found here: http://ow.ly/iMxl50zYVe1

04/06/2020

They're probably the most recognisable symbol of the 'Dunkirk spirit'.

But how much of what we think about those 'little ships' rescuing Allied soldiers from the beaches of France is actually true?

As the anniversary of Operation Dynamo draw to a close, we asked IWM Curator John Delaney to explain.

04/06/2020
Coronavirus and the Language of War: Hindsight in 2020

We're excited to launch episode 1 of Hindsight in 2020 today at 4.30 PM.

A new weekly series, broadcast live, Hindsight in 2020 will ask how we can responsibly use the past to better understand the present.

Today we have writer Philip Collins, historian Margaret MacMillan and broadcaster Mark Urban discussing how useful the analogy of warfare is in the context of the coronavirus.

Join us live at 4.30 PM over on the IWM YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0b5xRNtQBlo

Are we at war with Covid-19? The language used by politicians and journalists would suggest so, with doctors and nurses often described as being on the ‘fron...

03/06/2020

We've got Cold War and late 20th century expert Craig Murray in for our next #SpeedCurating episode. Check it out and let us know what you'd choose below.

03/06/2020
Adventures in History: People and Planning

What does the D in D-Day stand for? And why was 6 June 1944 so important?

Join IWM expert Holiday this week as she answers those questions and reveals some of the exciting secrets and stories behind D-Day. Discover the planning behind this top secret mission and what took place to make it happen.

Do you have any questions about D-Day? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

📺 Watch here: https://youtu.be/eqQOnjOLXUE

What does the D in D-Day stand for? And why was 6 June 1944 so important? Join IWM expert Holiday this week as she answers those questions and reveals some o...

01/06/2020

In 1940, Hitler did the seemingly impossible, taking France and sending the British back across the Channel within weeks. This remarkable success was widely put down to a new tactic: Blitzkrieg.

But what was it and why was it so effective?

Watch in full here: https://youtu.be/6yOPih9zRNs

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?Then be sure to join us...
01/06/2020

Calling all adventurers! Want to hear about the biggest invasion by land, sea and air in history?

Then be sure to join us for this Wednesday’s special D-Day episode of Adventures in History.

On Friday, we have another top-secret mission for you, inspired by IWM’s stories and collections.

Want to get a head start before Wednesday? Have a look at these photos and collections items to prepare: http://ow.ly/TjJ050zTF52

In July 1916, Muirhead Bone became the first official war artist. He specialised in small, detailed, black and white dra...
28/05/2020

In July 1916, Muirhead Bone became the first official war artist. He specialised in small, detailed, black and white drawings - images created quickly at the front and reproduced in the printed propaganda of the Department of Information. In his first six weeks he completed 150 drawings.

Bone played a key role in the establishment of IWM towards the end of the war. When war broke out again in 1939, he sat on the newly formed War Artists’ Advisory Committee, producing officially commissioned works of his own.

Help tell stories that deserve to be heard. Become an IWM member today: https://bit.ly/3epd64z

© IWM Art.IWM REPRO 000684 8

A Dunkirk-themed item from our collection in the spotlight this week, from IWM curator Chloe: "There are many dramatic i...
28/05/2020

A Dunkirk-themed item from our collection in the spotlight this week, from IWM curator Chloe: "There are many dramatic images of Operation Dynamo, but few paintings by someone who was there. This work depicts the London Fire Brigade Boat ‘Massey Shaw’ approaching Dunkirk on 2 June 1940.

"The artist, Rudolf Haybrook, was a member of the crew aboard the ‘Massey Shaw’ when she undertook the perilous journey across the channel. Few on board had sailing experience, even fewer on the open sea, none knew what to expect when they got there."

"Crewmember, Francis Codd, described seeing 'columns of men stretching down to the sea and into the sea … it suddenly occurred to us that these were columns of men waiting to be picked up'. The ‘Massey Shaw’ rescued 500 men by transferring them to awaiting larger ships.

You can listen to a testimony from Francis in our collection here: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/80009130

27/05/2020
Adventures in History: Life Under the Sea

Can you imagine what it would be like to live at the bottom of the sea?

This week CBBC Presenter Ben Shires interviews our special guest Ed, from HM Naval Base Clyde Ed will tell us all about what it’s like to work on a submarine and spend months living deep beneath the waves. He will share how he keeps busy below sea level and what it’s like to have sea creatures for neighbours!

You can find the episode on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQJSJSwrXdU&feature=youtu.be

Do you have any questions about the stories discussed in this episode? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

Can you imagine what it would be like to live at the bottom of the sea? This week our special guest is Ed from the Royal Navy is interviewed by CBBC presente...

26/05/2020

For our next #SpeedCurating, contemporary conflict curator Megan talks us through an object from British protest history—check it out below and tell us about your favourite contemporary item in our collection.

Adventurers, your mission this week is to look below the surface. Adventures in History is heading under the sea to unco...
25/05/2020

Adventurers, your mission this week is to look below the surface. Adventures in History is heading under the sea to uncover stories about submarines!

Tune in on Wednesday to join special guest Ed, from HMNB Clyde as he explores what life is like below sea level. As a real life submariner Ed will share some amazing stories that you certainly won’t have heard in the classroom!

On Friday you’ll be assigned a secret mission that will help you to stay in touch while you adventure beneath the waves.

Want to start preparing for your mission before Wednesday? Have a peek at this film from our collections exploring Royal Navy Submarines: http://ow.ly/NUbk50zNBkP

22/05/2020
Family Mission: Mystery Messages

Psst! We need you, yes YOU, and your super spy skills for this week’s Family Mission! Undercover agent and CBBC Presenter Ben Shires is setting your top-secret mission this week from a hidden location…

Find your instructions for this week’s mission here, including a sneak peek at Agent Shires’ top-secret identity card, good luck agents! http://ow.ly/8ksP50zMHYF

20/05/2020
The story of John Cruickshank V.C

Happy 100th Birthday to John Cruickshank V.C., the last living recipient to have been awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. He received the award for his bravery in an attack on a German U-boat on 17 July 1944.

Read more on his incredible story: https://bit.ly/cruickshank-vc

20/05/2020
Adventures in History: Spies in Disguise

What would it be like to be a top secret spy?

Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she shares stories of real life spies and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War. Ngaire will show us the ingenious gadgets and disguises they used to help them complete missions in enemy territory, without getting caught!

Do you have any questions about the stories discussed in this episode? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

Head over to YouTube to view the video: https://youtu.be/HzQVaYN9eDI

What would it be like to be a top secret spy? Join IWM expert Ngaire this week as she shares stories of real life spies and the invaluable role they played d...

19/05/2020

With an archive of millions of photos, IWM Head of Photography Helen Mavin has the hard task of choosing just one photographer for our latest episode of #SpeedCurating—but she’s picked a good one. Check it out and let us know whose work in our collection you love the most.

We’ve got another great item for the Collection Spotlight this week from our Communications Manager Hannah. She’s chosen...
18/05/2020

We’ve got another great item for the Collection Spotlight this week from our Communications Manager Hannah. She’s chosen the recent acquisition of Group Captain Ronald N H Courtney’s jacket, worn as he covered the Dunkirk evacuations in May 1940

“Dunkirk is a story of triumph and tragedy. Images of soldiers exposed on the beaches waiting to be evacuated and small civilian ships determined to help with the rescue effort are an extremely moving and powerful reminder of the scale of this operation.

“With the 80th anniversary of Dunkirk approaching next week, I was really interested to hear of the acquisition of Group Captain Ronald N H Courtney’s RAF Service Dress Jacket. At first glance, it looks so intact but then you spot some damage at the neck.

“It’s an immediate reminder that this was being worn by someone who, at the time, would have no idea if they would live to see another day.”

© Courtesy of the Courtney family

Adventurers, your mission this week is TOP SECRET. Adventures in History is going undercover with stories of real-life s...
18/05/2020

Adventurers, your mission this week is TOP SECRET. Adventures in History is going undercover with stories of real-life spies!

Tune in on Wednesday to watch IWM expert Ngaire decipher mysterious stories from the IWM Collection. So secret you won’t have heard them in the classroom!

On Friday you have a top secret spy mission. All details are classified so you will have to wait until later in the week to hear more.

Want to start preparing for your mission ahead of Wednesday? Have a peek at this film exploring code breaking in the Second World War:
http://ow.ly/92Tj50zG1fO

17/05/2020

With the victory bunting scarcely folded away, Winston Churchill lost the 1945 general election. Why did the man with the massive approval rating lose out to the Labour party at the polls? Watch IWM's James Taylor discuss here: https://youtu.be/zCNkahrivc8

We’re still coming to terms with the way life turned upside down in March 2020, but it’s not the only time things have c...
16/05/2020

We’re still coming to terms with the way life turned upside down in March 2020, but it’s not the only time things have changed dramatically in Britain.

On 1 September 1939, the nation went into shutdown. Blackout policies were introduced, along with a number of other extreme measures that impacted every part of life, from travel to entertainment.

Discover more about shutdown in the Second World War: https://bit.ly/2LvkUW7

©IWM D 1939A

15/05/2020
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It’s time to dust off those paint brushes, pencils and crayons and get creative with IWM expert, Paris!

This week we want you to take inspiration from the British war artists from the First and Second World Wars whose job it was to record the many different aspects of war; from queuing up at the shops to fighter planes in the skies over London. Your mission is to pick up a pencil, crayon or paintbrush and create a picture of life at home during lockdown.

Send us your pictures in the comments below!

14/05/2020

In our next episode of Film Favourites, curator Matt Lee serves up a slab of pungent propaganda. His selection is the film Choose Cheese,from 1940, created to convince the British public to no longer be wary of dairy. Watch in full here: https://youtu.be/oPEFuKH8Fik

13/05/2020
Adventures in History: Painting Life

Did you know that just like soldiers, artists also play an essential role in war efforts?

Join IWM experts Becky and Paris this week as they share real life stories of artists, and the invaluable role they played during the Second World War. War artists didn’t just paint scenes on the battlefield, they also captured everyday life and showed how ordinary people’s lives were shaped by war.

Do you have any questions about the artists or artworks discussed in this episode? Drop them in the comments and we will be sure to come back to you.

You can watch over on YouTube now: https://youtu.be/LiR55xyqOmQ

This week, we're exploring some paintings from the Second World War era. Curators Paris and Becky tell us that an artist’s most important skill is looking, r...

12/05/2020

In this week’s #SpeedCurating with senior curator Laura Clouting, we learn that toothaches and tickly throats were treated a little differently during the First World War. Check out the latest episode below.

Back to our regular programming this week with Collection Spotlight, and this set of photographs selected by curator Emi...
11/05/2020

Back to our regular programming this week with Collection Spotlight, and this set of photographs selected by curator Emily Charles.

“Coronavirus has led to a seasonal labour shortage for UK farms. One way that shortfalls like these were overcome during the Second World War was to get children working!

"Devon farmer’s son Colin Hoare (pictured) was one of many used for casual farm labour. Though rural children had long helped gather crops, in 1941, school holidays were fixed to coincide with the peak harvest period. It’s why the holidays still take place in August today.

"As the war progressed, agriculture became an informal part of the curriculum (though I expect Colin didn’t learn hoof treating at school). While they recognised the necessity of child labour to the war effort, many teachers did not approve of children missing school.

"Farmers on the other hand, thought child labour was great. One even enthused in Farmer’s Weekly in 1942, that his schoolboy work force ‘were willing to tackle anything.’

"From May 1942, children were permitted to be taken away from school for up to 20 half-days a year, and were allowed to work up to 4 hours a day.

"By 1944, the demands for child labour had eased, in part due to the increased numbers of Prisoners of War taken during the Allied campaigns in North Africa and Europe, who could be used to work the land."

©IWM D9987, ©IWM D9982, ©IWM D9988, ©IWM D 9980

Calling all aspiring artists and creatives, this week is for you! Our next episode of Adventures in History is all about...
11/05/2020

Calling all aspiring artists and creatives, this week is for you! Our next episode of Adventures in History is all about ART!

Tune in this Wednesday to watch IWM experts Becky and Paris share some of their favorite stories from the IWM Art Collection that you won’t have heard in the classroom.

On Friday we’ll be asking you to think like a war artist and get creative with a challenge for the whole family.

Want some inspiration ahead of Wednesday? Have a peek at some of these fascinating artworks created during the First World War: http://ow.ly/TIe250zzMmX

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DUNKIRK and its aftermath. Very sad to not see more posting re Dunkirk Evacuation here on FB. Even sadder is that the 'All you need to know about Dunkirk' feature on the IWM website makes no mention of the heroic actions of the 51st Highland Division around and in St. Valery-en-Caux and their eventual surrender to the Germans on 12th June. Having had my uncle serve later in the Saeforth Highlanders (part of the 51st) I am very disappointed at this ommission by the IWM Some 10.500 British soldiers were taken prisoner, many never to see England alive again. It was a story hushed up at the time to protect public morale. Today St Valery is a very small fishing port and coastal resort. Visiting this year I found the immaculate war cemetry at St. Valery and the striking memorial to the 51st Highland Division to be very moving moving and would suggest they should feature on the itinerary of anyone visiting the Normandy war sites.
Can anyone tell me what these are please? My dad brought them back from serving on the Otis submarine in South Africa and the Far East in the 2nd world war!? Thank you.
How do I get into the Family Mission activity please?
Original Maltese jazz suite to commemorate 75th anniversary of VE- Day and Malta's contribution to be premiered this morning at 9am GMT
Are you a current or former museum and gallery professional working in the UK or internationally? We are inviting colleagues in the sector to complete a survey that aims to explore the perspectives and experiences of current and former museum and gallery professionals in relation to graduate employability in the sector. Our survey can be accessed at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdekeCXoKtluvSF-r1Y_JXOKTMVaTZ36UB8PKlpjhWyGI3QwQ/viewform here (closing date: 18th of June). We would appreciate if you could take the time to complete our survey and circulate it amongst your colleagues. This survey is part of the project Curating Expertise: Towards a Museum Forum @ King’s, with which we aim to build an interdisciplinary Museum Studies teaching and research agenda at King’s College London. We are interested in colleagues’ thoughts about the knowledges, skills and experience that museum studies graduates should possess to be employable in the sector today. We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in contributing, in one form or another, to the delivery of a London-based but globally focused new Museum Studies teaching provision. Whilst we are interested in collaborating with London-based institutions / professionals, we would be delighted to also hear from colleagues across the UK and internationally. Whilst we appreciate this is a time of uncertainty for the sector, it seems a critical moment to reflect on how we can train future generations of resilient museum professionals. If you wish to get in touch, you can reach us at [email protected] and [email protected]. Best wishes, Dr Stuart Dunn (DDH) and Dr Serena Iervolino (CMCI)
🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Looking for relatives / descendants all the way from Australia - is anyone able to shed any light on who this gentleman might be? His framed photograph was found in an Op Shop and the lady did not have the heart to leave him there! (see link below for details - please contact Bill Allan). https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=807118403148684&set=gm.579577999429597&type=3&theater&ifg=1
Corona diwedeni Gusti allah di adohi Ora teko leh ku mikir.... Opo manungso iki arep punah ????????
Help please! In the RA Intelligence Officer's report on the bombing of RAF Eastchurch on 13th August 1940 he states "...25 AEB being fired" (by Bofors AA guns). I cannot find anybody that can tell me what AEB stands for.
An uncanny connection with another very different time. It is not only the suffering which remains.
Hi I got my father Ww2 records and in it there is MEF census 1941 CRO2E/1655 can you tell me what it is
VE Day Party ay Kilravock Street, London
Hello. I recently found your website of old Films at iwm.org.ui/collections. While browsing the site I found a film archive that had my wife's Grandfather Lt G.L.Taylor in it. The location is: https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/1060034764 There is a description of the film/video clip but unfortunately the video just says "no medai available online". Is it still possible to view this film? I am an American that was in The US Air Force stationed at RAF Molesworth in the UK from 1999-2003. I am working on a project with old letters from WWII from my wife's Grandfather and would love to include this film snip. I believe Gerald was in the 1st Buckinghamshire Bn and Gordans Highlanders 5/7th Battalion. any help is appreciated. Thanks.