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"Those who judge this biography as the product of a writer gone soft on totalitarianism fail to grasp its true heart"......
27/06/2021

"Those who judge this biography as the product of a writer gone soft on totalitarianism fail to grasp its true heart"...

Melissa Benn reviews Anne Sebba's new biography of Ethel Rosenberg in The Guardian: bit.ly/2SsKvWL

Join the author, Anne Sebba and journalist Sonia Purnell at IWM London on 30 June as they explore themes of spies, lies and justice, and crucially, their relation to women’s history.

Book your tickets for IWM In Conversation: bit.ly/3w2SoAA

"Those who judge this biography as the product of a writer gone soft on totalitarianism fail to grasp its true heart"...

Melissa Benn reviews Anne Sebba's new biography of Ethel Rosenberg in The Guardian: bit.ly/2SsKvWL

Join the author, Anne Sebba and journalist Sonia Purnell at IWM London on 30 June as they explore themes of spies, lies and justice, and crucially, their relation to women’s history.

Book your tickets for IWM In Conversation: bit.ly/3w2SoAA

Born in Liverpool in 1970, Tim Hetherington’s work has featured in major news publications, but he is best known for his...
26/06/2021

Born in Liverpool in 1970, Tim Hetherington’s work has featured in major news publications, but he is best known for his innovative and multimedia approach to exploring conflict as a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker.

His work has featured in major news publications, but he is best known for his innovative and multimedia approach to exploring conflict as a freelance photojournalist and filmmaker. Hetherington wasn’t interested in breaking news stories, like many journalists in conflict zones. He wanted to get under the surface of conflict and to explore its many different layers.

This is evident in his work in Angola where the featured image was taken. Following years of civil war in the country, sport has taken on a rehabilitative role, allowing people to reunite and express their talents. The universality of football prevents any barriers to participation. The photographs featured in Tim Hetherington's Blind Link project are amongst his most acclaimed and recognisable work. They document two different schools for the blind: the Milton Margai School for the Blind in Sierra Leone and the Dorton House School in the United Kingdom. The aim of the Blind Link project was to re-establish a connection that had been lost between the two schools, due in part to the interruption of the civil war in Sierra Leone.

Tim died in April 2011 from injuries sustained when photographing unrest in Libya. The complete archive of Tim’s work is now held at Imperial War Museums. Key works document the many places, people and warzones that Tim encountered throughout his career.

Donated to IWM by the Tim Hetherington Trust, prints are now available exclusively on IWM Prints from £100 - the first time these have been made widely available outside of a limited print run.

All profits go back into IWM’s work recording and sharing the stories of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict since 1914.

Explore Tim Hetherington prints: https://bit.ly/3x2JRyk

25/06/2021
The Central Office of Information at 75

From the eerie to the surreal, this clip from impressionistic COI film Voyage North shows the steely crew of Royal Navy submarine HMS Artemis, following its journey through icy Arctic waters to Greenland, where they engage in a game of cricket.

#COI75

© IWM (COI 309)

The Syrian conflict is one of the most complex and catastrophic in recent memory. But how did it begin?In Episode 5 of C...
24/06/2021

The Syrian conflict is one of the most complex and catastrophic in recent memory. But how did it begin?

In Episode 5 of Conflict of Interest, actor Carey Mulligan explores ten years of war with Waad Al-Kateab and Lina Khatib.

Listen on your favourite podcast platform: http://bit.ly/3fF7Sns

The Syrian conflict is one of the most complex and catastrophic in recent memory. But how did it begin?

In Episode 5 of Conflict of Interest, actor Carey Mulligan explores ten years of war with Waad Al-Kateab and Lina Khatib.

Listen on your favourite podcast platform: http://bit.ly/3fF7Sns

23/06/2021
BFI at Home Presents: The Central Office of Information at 75

To celebrate the launch of #COI75, IWM’s collaboration with The National Archives and BFI, marking the 75th anniversary of the Central Office of Information, here’s a clip from Streaked Lighting, an RAF recruitment film from 1960 featuring the English Electric Lightning.

Watch BFI’s At Home Event tonight at 19:00, where IWM Film Curator Michelle Kirby presents three other glossy COI recruitment films, with equally great soundtracks, from the ‘60s:

Find out more: bit.ly/3d2V5KT

© IWM COI 384

Here we see engineers, boiler-makers and motor mechanics from the Caribbean outside the Ministry of Labour in London dur...
22/06/2021

Here we see engineers, boiler-makers and motor mechanics from the Caribbean outside the Ministry of Labour in London during the Second World War. Learie Constantine, the famous cricketer from Trinidad who was employed as a Welfare Officer, introduces the men to the Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin.

In the post-war years, Britain was left with a labour shortage and weakened economy. Thousands of Caribbean migrants arrived in Britain, particularly between 1948 and 1971, to fill this gap, many of whom were ex-servicemen and women who had volunteered to join the armed forces during the war.

Some of their stories will be told in IWM London’s new Second World War galleries opening later this year, which explore the myriad ways in which the Second World War changed peoples’ lives and shaped our world. #WindrushDay2021

Here we see engineers, boiler-makers and motor mechanics from the Caribbean outside the Ministry of Labour in London during the Second World War. Learie Constantine, the famous cricketer from Trinidad who was employed as a Welfare Officer, introduces the men to the Minister of Labour, Ernest Bevin.

In the post-war years, Britain was left with a labour shortage and weakened economy. Thousands of Caribbean migrants arrived in Britain, particularly between 1948 and 1971, to fill this gap, many of whom were ex-servicemen and women who had volunteered to join the armed forces during the war.

Some of their stories will be told in IWM London’s new Second World War galleries opening later this year, which explore the myriad ways in which the Second World War changed peoples’ lives and shaped our world. #WindrushDay2021

Aid workers face a range of risks whilst doing their jobs, especially when they work in places that are experiencing con...
19/06/2021

Aid workers face a range of risks whilst doing their jobs, especially when they work in places that are experiencing conflict.

The Imperial War Museum North exhibition, Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire explores the experiences of three such aid workers. Discover how they manage the risks of their work:

bit.ly/3zvZbVD

#RefugeeWeek
© ICRC/Hussein

Aid workers face a range of risks whilst doing their jobs, especially when they work in places that are experiencing conflict.

The Imperial War Museum North exhibition, Aid Workers: Ethics Under Fire explores the experiences of three such aid workers. Discover how they manage the risks of their work:

bit.ly/3zvZbVD

#RefugeeWeek
© ICRC/Hussein

Since the First World War, countless lives have been shattered by conflict. Refugees across the globe have had to leave ...
18/06/2021

Since the First World War, countless lives have been shattered by conflict. Refugees across the globe have had to leave their homes and make journeys to settle somewhere else.

Learn what forces them to flee: bit.ly/3q6gRD8

#RefugeeWeek

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Since the First World War, countless lives have been shattered by conflict. Refugees across the globe have had to leave their homes and make journeys to settle somewhere else.

Learn what forces them to flee: bit.ly/3q6gRD8

#RefugeeWeek

© IWM KY 12151F

"It's a challenge"... Ai Weiwei discusses his artwork History of Bombs and how developed an idea to fill the huge space ...
17/06/2021

"It's a challenge"...

Ai Weiwei discusses his artwork History of Bombs and how developed an idea to fill the huge space of the iconic IWM London atrium.

Find out more: bit.ly/3gxJiGL

#RefugeeWeek

"It's a challenge"...

Ai Weiwei discusses his artwork History of Bombs and how developed an idea to fill the huge space of the iconic IWM London atrium.

Find out more: bit.ly/3gxJiGL

#RefugeeWeek

Some 250,000 Belgians fled to Britain at the outbreak of the First World War. Many were billeted in communities around t...
16/06/2021

Some 250,000 Belgians fled to Britain at the outbreak of the First World War. Many were billeted in communities around the country, whilst 6,000 established the unique Belgian village of Elizabethville in County Durham.

As many skilled British workers were serving with the armed forces, the residents of Elizabethville played vital roles in the munitions factories of nearby Birtley.

A sovereign Belgian village that followed Belgian law, Elizabethville had its own gendarmes, hospital, schools, orchestra, British Post Office and even used the Belgian Franc as its principal currency.

Learn more about Elizabethville and the role Belgian refugees played in helping to keep the British Army supplied in the First World War: http://bit.ly/3zyMBVu

#RefugeeWeek2021

© IWM Q 27740

Some 250,000 Belgians fled to Britain at the outbreak of the First World War. Many were billeted in communities around the country, whilst 6,000 established the unique Belgian village of Elizabethville in County Durham.

As many skilled British workers were serving with the armed forces, the residents of Elizabethville played vital roles in the munitions factories of nearby Birtley.

A sovereign Belgian village that followed Belgian law, Elizabethville had its own gendarmes, hospital, schools, orchestra, British Post Office and even used the Belgian Franc as its principal currency.

Learn more about Elizabethville and the role Belgian refugees played in helping to keep the British Army supplied in the First World War: http://bit.ly/3zyMBVu

#RefugeeWeek2021

© IWM Q 27740

Who was Muammar Gaddafi? What happened in the Arab Spring and why did foreign powers intervene in Libya in 2011?Poet & p...
16/06/2021

Who was Muammar Gaddafi? What happened in the Arab Spring and why did foreign powers intervene in Libya in 2011?

Poet & playwright Inua Ellams finds answers in Episode 4 of Conflict of Interest, with expert Tim Eaton and IWM curator Iris Veysey.

Listen today on your favourite podcast platform: bit.ly/3fF7Sns

Who was Muammar Gaddafi? What happened in the Arab Spring and why did foreign powers intervene in Libya in 2011?

Poet & playwright Inua Ellams finds answers in Episode 4 of Conflict of Interest, with expert Tim Eaton and IWM curator Iris Veysey.

Listen today on your favourite podcast platform: bit.ly/3fF7Sns

Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? Give a gift that lasts all year with IWM gift membership – perfect f...
15/06/2021

Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? Give a gift that lasts all year with IWM gift membership – perfect for history lovers!

Members get free entry to all our sites, including IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, 10% discount on Duxford Air Show tickets and at IWM shops, and priority booking on selected events and exhibitions.

Members also go free to Flying Days - perfect for the Flying Days: Thank You Dads event this Sunday!

You’ll also help conserve our historic sites and world-leading collection for future generations. Find out more: https://bit.ly/35afdXh

Still looking for the perfect Father’s Day present? Give a gift that lasts all year with IWM gift membership – perfect for history lovers!

Members get free entry to all our sites, including IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, 10% discount on Duxford Air Show tickets and at IWM shops, and priority booking on selected events and exhibitions.

Members also go free to Flying Days - perfect for the Flying Days: Thank You Dads event this Sunday!

You’ll also help conserve our historic sites and world-leading collection for future generations. Find out more: https://bit.ly/35afdXh

15/06/2021
Battle of North Cape: HMS Belfast and the sinking of the Scharnhorst

Scharnhorst was one of the most dangerous German warships of the Second World War, but what were the events that led to its downfall?

Discover the role HMS Belfast played in the Battle of North Cape in the latest episode of IWM Stories, available on YouTube:

bit.ly/2SBPLHp

14/06/2021
Zimbabwe : Whose Land? | Refugee Week 2021 | IWM

In celebration of Refugee Week 2021, IWM has commissioned emerging young artists to respond to themes of conflict and migration.

Watch the full video of Whose Land? by Meduulla and mandla rae, released today on the IWM website: bit.ly/3hmgh1s

Meduulla is an emerging Zimbabwean-born artist, poet and rapper, raised in Manchester. Commissioned by IWM to respond to the theme of migration as a consequence of conflict, she is eager to use her voice and her craft to push pertinent conversations to the forefront.

This project has been supported by Manchester based artist, writer and Producer mandla rae, on placement at IWM through Counterpoints Arts’ Refugee Week Leadership Project.

There's just one week left to get Dad a gift to remember before the big day.Order by midnight tomorrow from our Online S...
13/06/2021

There's just one week left to get Dad a gift to remember before the big day.

Order by midnight tomorrow from our Online Shop to get guaranteed and free UK delivery before 20 June.

Shop now: https://bit.ly/3xkMA5X

Expires Monday 14/06/21 at 11.59pm.

There's just one week left to get Dad a gift to remember before the big day.

Order by midnight tomorrow from our Online Shop to get guaranteed and free UK delivery before 20 June.

Shop now: https://bit.ly/3xkMA5X

Expires Monday 14/06/21 at 11.59pm.

11/06/2021
Mulberry Harbours Explained | IWM Stories

Two years before D-Day, a disastrous Allied raid on Dieppe led to the design of one of the Second World War's greatest unsung inventions - the Mulberry Harbour.

Discover how Mulberry Harbours helped make Operation Overlord a success in this episode of IWM Stories.

Watch on YouTube: bit.ly/3pMQn9p

Oil. Chilcot. Bush. Blair. These are just some of the words associated with the Iraq War. But how are they all connected...
09/06/2021

Oil. Chilcot. Bush. Blair. These are just some of the words associated with the Iraq War. But how are they all connected and how far back does the story go?

Writer and broadcaster Rick Edwards finds out in Episode 3 of the Conflict of Interest podcast. Out now!

Listen today: bit.ly/3fF7Sns

Oil. Chilcot. Bush. Blair. These are just some of the words associated with the Iraq War. But how are they all connected and how far back does the story go?

Writer and broadcaster Rick Edwards finds out in Episode 3 of the Conflict of Interest podcast. Out now!

Listen today: bit.ly/3fF7Sns

Join us at IWM London for IWM In Conversation: Women in Espionage with Anne Sebba and Sonia Purnell, celebrating the lau...
08/06/2021

Join us at IWM London for IWM In Conversation: Women in Espionage with Anne Sebba and Sonia Purnell, celebrating the launch of Anne Sebba's new book, Ethel Rosenberg.

In conversation with author and journalist Sonia Purnell, Anne will explore themes of spies, lies and justice, and crucially, their relation to women’s history.

Book your place: bit.ly/3w2SoAA

Join us at IWM London for IWM In Conversation: Women in Espionage with Anne Sebba and Sonia Purnell, celebrating the launch of Anne Sebba's new book, Ethel Rosenberg.

In conversation with author and journalist Sonia Purnell, Anne will explore themes of spies, lies and justice, and crucially, their relation to women’s history.

Book your place: bit.ly/3w2SoAA

On 6 June 1944, D-Day, Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy. It was the start of the campaign to liberate Europ...
08/06/2021

On 6 June 1944, D-Day, Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy. It was the start of the campaign to liberate Europe and defeat Germany. But what happened next?

Find out: http://bit.ly/34XZMBt

© IWM (B 7427)

On 6 June 1944, D-Day, Allied troops landed on the coast of Normandy. It was the start of the campaign to liberate Europe and defeat Germany. But what happened next?

Find out: http://bit.ly/34XZMBt

© IWM (B 7427)

Company Sergeant Major Stan Hollis of the 6th Battalion Green Howards was the recipient of the only Victoria Cross to be...
06/06/2021

Company Sergeant Major Stan Hollis of the 6th Battalion Green Howards was the recipient of the only Victoria Cross to be awarded on D-Day.

Discover the astonishing story behind the award:

bit.ly/3uV1gad

© IWM (HU 2001)

Company Sergeant Major Stan Hollis of the 6th Battalion Green Howards was the recipient of the only Victoria Cross to be awarded on D-Day.

Discover the astonishing story behind the award:

bit.ly/3uV1gad

© IWM (HU 2001)

06/06/2021

Today IWM Duxford was delighted to welcome D-Day veteran Norman Gregory.

Norman, aged 99 is a Bomber Command veteran of 101 Squadron, RAF. Shot down on his fifth mission over Dortmund on 22/23 May 1944, he was one of three to escape his stricken Avro Lancaster. After a successful parachute descent, he was taken prisoner and incarcerated at Stalag Luft VII, then moved to Stalag IIIA by way of the infamous Long March.

Like other surviving D-Day veterans, Norman was awarded the Légion d’honneur by the French government in 2015 for his part in the liberation of France.

Norman is pictured here in IWM Duxford's own Avro Lancaster KB889.

© IWM

Operation Overlord began the fight to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation. Watch IWM curator John Delaney ...
06/06/2021

Operation Overlord began the fight to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.

Watch IWM curator John Delaney explain how this complex land, sea and air operation was planned - and the significance of the Allied success.

bit.ly/3fUIETq

© IWM EA 26941

Operation Overlord began the fight to liberate north-west Europe from German occupation.

Watch IWM curator John Delaney explain how this complex land, sea and air operation was planned - and the significance of the Allied success.

bit.ly/3fUIETq

© IWM EA 26941

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I was wondering if it would be possible to identify a salior from a picture whom i believe to be my dad who passed away in 1988. It popped up on the Itv news when Prince Philip passed away in April. It was taken in 1950 when my dad would have been in the navy he left the RN in 1954/5 but i never knew he was on Prince Phillip's Ship HMS Magpie. I do know he was on the HMS London in the Yangtze incident and served on HMS Birmingham as well. I was wondering if you could help me discover if it was him i attach the photo of the image on TV
Good afternoon all. Hope you are well and keeping safe. I have something on my mind. I love watching documentaries about WW2. My question is whatever happened to the piece of paper that Neville Chamberlain held in his hand declaring piece in our time in 1939. Where is it now. I hope it hasn't been destroyed or been lost. Can anyone help me please. Much appreciated. 🤞🏻👍🏻
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Can you help identify this badge please?
If you are asking for contributions to the concentration camp building wall, how can we contribute to that?..
https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C1269963 Each year we honour my great aunt Dame Emma Maud McCarthy for her outstanding contribution to nursing to become Matron in Chief of the British Expeditionary Forces nurses at the front, in charge of 6,000 nurses throughout World War 1. She was considered The Nurses General but little is known about her in both Australia and the U.K. There is a studio portrait in the link above. There is also a portrait in the National Portrait Gallery in London. Maud was a remarkable woman, ahead of her time, who deserves to be recognised fo her work internationally and in the history books. Lest we forget.
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IWM I , and I expect many others would be interested about the shipping of IWM vehicles from the about to close Land Warfare Hall at Duxford to the US. This I presume follows on from the very quietly announced closure and demolition of the LWH. Can you confirm that important assets such as Montys Caravan etc are not being sent/loaned/sold etc and what us going on pse???
SHAME on you IWM for shutting down one of the most ensuring and visitor-friendly attractions on HMS Belfast ... I hope that you are ashamed of yourself for evicting all the RN & RM veteran volunteers who have provided live amateur radio demonstrations on HMS Belfast bridge wireless office (at no cost to you) for countless visitors over the decades ... SHAME ON YOU ! 🤬 who was the faceless/nameless pen-pusher who decided this ?? not a veteran I'll bet you !!