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Dr Roderick Bailey, Research Associate

I am a professional historian and writer who specialises in the study of SOE, irregular warfare, espionage and resistance. My PhD and first book, The Wildest Province, examined SOE’s work in the Axis-occupied Balkans, and in 2012 I was appointed by the Prime Minister to write the official history of SOE’s war on Mussolini’s Italy. A graduate of Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities and former fellow of St Antony’s College, Oxford, I have also served with the British Army in Afghanistan and worked extensively in developing countries as an official election monitor. I have been an adviser to IWM since 2003.

Sara Bevan, Curator, Art section, Department of Collections

Sara Bevan has worked at IWM since 2004. In 2013 she curated Catalyst: Contemporary Art and War at IWM North in Manchester, a critically acclaimed exhibition of the museum’s contemporary art collection from the Gulf War onwards. Other projects include the launch of the IWM Contemporary programme with Omer Fast’s film 5000 Feet is the Best in 2013, a major exhibition of works by Ori Gersht at IWM London in 2012, and Loss at the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast in the same year. More recently she has worked with Jane and Louise Wilson on a new project to mark the Centenary of the First World War and with Imogen Stidworthy on a sound installation reflecting on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sara is the recipient of an Art Fund New Collecting Award to research and collect work on the theme of ‘war and the digital’.  Her book, Art from Contemporary Conflict, was published by IWM in March 2015.

Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research

Suzanne Bardgett is Head of Research at Imperial War Museums. Prior to this job she led the team that created The Holocaust Exhibition (2000), which has now been seen by nearly 5 million visitors, and also project-directed the Crimes Against Humanity exhibition (2002) and the Srebrenica Memorial Room in Bosnia-Hercegovina. Suzanne is now leading a programme to reinvigorate research across IWM, which now has Independent Research Organisation status. From 2012 to 2013 she led the AHRC-supported project Whose Remembrance?  which looked at how far the role of colonial troops in the two world wars is understood today among the groups for whom it is part of their heritage. She is Principal Investigator on a further AHRC project starting in March 2015 to investigate the academic value of the BBC Monitoring Service transcripts, a vast archive stored at Duxford Airfield.

Matt Brosnan Historian

Matt has worked at IWM since 2006. After postgraduate studies specialising in the First World War, he joined the IWM’s Department of Art and curated a variety of displays. In 2011, he became one of IWM’s Historians, producing a range of historical content and representing IWM in the media. Matt worked on the early stages of the First World War Galleries at IWM London and has curated the exhibitions Saving Lives (2012-13), on military medicine, From Street to Trench (2014-15), on the First World War experience of north-west England, and War Story: Afghanistan 2014 (2014-15). Matt recently curated Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS (2015-16) at IWM London, which looks at recent British military involvement in Sierra Leone and the Middle East. He is working on the forthcoming Peace and Protest exhibition at IWM London (2017) on anti-war protest over the last hundred years.

James Bulgin, Content Leader Holocaust Galleries

James is Content Leader for the new Holocaust Galleries being developed at IWM. He completed an MA in Holocaust Studies at Royal Holloway College, University of London and is currently working on a PhD, at the same university on the Crosslands Scholarship under Professor Robert Eaglestone. His research interests are focussed around issues of Holocaust representation and interpretation, and the apocalyptic cultural imagination of the Cold War.

Kathryn Butler, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Student

I am working on an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award entitled ‘The impact of participating in British counterinsurgency campaigns 1945-1997, on the psyche of British armed forces personnel’. A partnership between IWM and The Open University, my research project aims to investigate the ways in which troops reacted to the stresses of taking part in counterinsurgency operations in the post-1945 era. Using the IWMs documents and sound archives, the research will focus on this question not only in terms of serving in harsh terrain, but also the psychological pressures and tensions exerted on troops who had largely been trained for conventional combat by unconventional warfare against an unseen and unremitting enemy. My undergraduate degree was a BA in Literature and History at the University of Manchester, where I also completed my MA in War, Culture and History.

Clare Carolin, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

Notionally titled “Bring the War Home: Civic Participation, Citizenship Rituals and the Representation of Conflict in Contemporary Art”, my research project with the IWM Art Department and the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford is situated at the intersection of the theory and practice of contemporary art and curatorship, activist and social movements, and social, military and media developments in the period from 1968 to the present, during which the IWM’s programme of commissioning contemporary artists has been active. By contextualising individual case studies from the IWM’s contemporary art commissioning programme within the scope of emergent forms of non-linear conflict and the recent global expansion of the museum and gallery sector and the infrastructures of contemporary art, my project considers contemporary art’s recent focus on conflict as inextricably linked to the loss of the agency and effectiveness of conventional journalism and changing forms of visual culture and civic participation that define the turn of the 20/21st century. Previously I held various curatorial and educational posts including Deputy Head of Programme and Senior Research Tutor in the Curating Contemporary Art Programme at the Royal College of Art and Exhibitions Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London.  I am an Associate Lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute, London and Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Manila, Philippines with whom I am currently developing an exhibition, which takes Benedict Anderson’s work on nationalism as a starting point for an exploration of the subject through the work of artists from Europe, Asia and the Americas.


Laura Clouting, Historian, IWM London

As an Historian at IWM London, I have worked on the First World War galleries, which reopened in 2014, and temporary exhibitions, such as Fashion on the Ration. I previously worked as a Curator in the museum’s Photograph Archive.

Rebecca Coll, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Student

I am studying an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership entitled, ‘Noble Frankland and the Reinvention of the Imperial War Museum, 1960-1982,’ with the Imperial War Museum and the University of Cambridge. This project looks at the radical developments that occurred at the museum during the 1960s and 1970s, such as the acquisition of IWM Duxford and HMS Belfast, and broadcast partnerships that led to the production of The Great War (BBC) and The World at War (Thames Television). I am supervised by Roger Smither at the IWM and Professor David Reynolds at the University of Cambridge. As an undergraduate, I studied Theology at the University of Birmingham, and I have also completed a MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL.

Alys Cundy, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I am studying for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with IWM and the University of Bristol. My project is titled Imperial War Museum, London: A Century of Reinvention and aims to explore the museum’s display practices and policies as they have evolved throughout its history. I am particularly interested in the way in which particular objects within IWM’s collections have been displayed over time. I am based in the Research Department and am supervised at IWM by Roger Tolson and Suzanne Bardgett. Before coming to IWM I studied History at the University of Cambridge and completed an MA in Heritage Management at the University of Newcastle.

Christopher Deal, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I am currently researching an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award project titled ‘Framing War, Sport and Politics: The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the Moscow Olympics’ (due to finish September 2013). I spend most of my time using the BBC Monitoring Service archive, researching what Soviet Union international radio broadcasters were telling the world in 1980 about the invasion of Afghanistan and the subsequent Olympic boycott. As part of this, I am also producing a catalogue of all the broadcasts stored in the Monitoring Service archive, roughly 1939-1982 (regions, languages, dates). I previously worked in the Photogrpah Archive  at IWM and at HMS Belfast, and studied History and Politics at Southampton and Birkbeck, University of London before starting my CDA.

Jessica Douthwaite, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I began an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, entitled ‘Voices of the Cold War in 1950s Britain’, in October 2014. As a partnership between IWM and the University of Strathclyde, the primary focus of this research will be an under-investigated topic in British history: the experiences of the Cold War by ordinary British people in the 1950s through oral history testimony.

Jane Fish, Senior Curator, Film Archive, Department of Collections

I am a Senior Curator in the IWM  Film Archive.  In my role within the Film Archive I have helped and advised a large number of film researchers and worked with a wide variety of productions. In addition to my work with commercial users I have a particular interest in amateur films in the IWM Film Archive collection and my research on the films of camerawoman Rosie Newman formed the basis of the 2008 BBC4 documentary The Thirties in Colour – A World Away.

Emily Fuggle, Curator and Research Officer

I worked at IWM for six years and spent two years looking after The Holocaust Exhibition and Crimes against Humanity exhibition. I also worked on IWM’s research programme – to develop academic expertise across IWM, and co-ordinate our First World War seminar series, which we ran with Queen Mary, University of London and King’s College London. I completed an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies in 2008. My recent research looked at the relationship between cultural memory and the family photographs displayed in The Holocaust Exhibition. Before leaving IWM in March 2013  I was project manager and researcher on a research project looking at the colonial experience of the two world wars.

Mariusz Gasior, Curator

I am a curator at  IWM’s Photograph Archive. In this role I have been involved in cataloguing the Q Series, the First World War primary photographic collections held in the museum’s archives, and the Bond of Sacrifice collection, a 16,000-strong sequence of portraits of individual British servicemen of the First World War. I am also responsible for cataloguing, collecting and developing our collections concerning the very wide Polish interest during the Second World War, including photographs of British POWs in various camps in Poland. Currently, I am working on my first book, a photographic album describing daily life of servicemen of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, which will be published next year in cooperation with the Museum of the Second World War in Gdańsk. I am a graduate of the University of Silesia in Katowice, where I completed an MA in Political Science.

Sabine Grimshaw, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I am studying for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with IWM and the University of Leeds, looking at pacifism and protest during the First World War. This research project aims to investigate the way in which male and female war resisters were represented by both the sympathetic and non-sympathetic press and pacifist journals. By undertaking a comparison between how male and female war resisters were represented, this research hopes to develop our understanding of contemporary notions of the connection between gender and pacifism. Moreover, by analysing particular case studies of those active in war resistance, the thesis hopes to establish how true representations of war resisters were to their actual experience. Before coming to IWM, I studied at the University of Sheffield for both my BA in History and my MA in Modern History.

Dr Toby Haggith, Senior Curator

I am a historian who joined the Imperial War Museum’s Film Department in 1988. I have a PhD in Social History from the University of Warwick and have published various essays on film and history. In 2000 I became head of non-commercial access to the film and video collection and responsible for devising the daily Public Film Show programme. In 2001 I started the IWM Film Festival and was closely involved in the creation and recording of the musical tracks on the IWM DVD release of the digitally restored 1916 film, The Battle of the Somme. I am now a Senior Curator in the Department of Research, and am in overall charge of the Film Festival and associated Student Documentary Master Class.  I am currently leading the IWM project to restore and complete the British concentration camp documentary, retrospectively titled, Memory of the Camps. 

Anna Maguire , Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I am studying for an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with IWM and King’s College London (KCL). My project is titled Colonial Cultures and Encounters of the First World War. This research project aims to investigate the representation and experience of colonial troops during the First World War. The project will use an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on the rich visual and material collections held in the archives of the IWM, particularly posters, artefacts, photographs, film and documents. I am supervised at IWM by Suzanne Bardgett and at KCL by Santanu Das. Before coming to IWM I studied History at the University of Oxford and completed an MA in Contemporary British History at KCL.

Lucy May Maxwell, Researcher

I am the Research Officer for the American Air Museum project team at IWM Duxford. Previously, as part of the Department of Research, I completed a range of projects between June 2011 and August 2012. Recent projects that I have worked on include a mapping and evaluation of the First World War Collections held across the UK for JISC and the Wellcome Trust, and initial research into the IWM collections for the project team redeveloping the American Air Museum. I also worked on the AHRC Connected Communities project Whose Remembrance? I have also been based in IWM’s Film Section, completing a cataloguing project of United Nations TV programmes produced during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War. I completed the Museum Studies MA course at University College London in September 2012.

Lizzie Oliver, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I am a PhD student at the University of Leeds and IWM, funded by an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award. My project is entitled Interpreting the Memories of a Forgotten Army: Prisoner of War Narratives from the Sumatra Railway, May 1944 – August 1945. Most of my work, with the support of my IWM supervisor Roderick Suddaby, involves analysing the diaries, oral histories and memoirs produced by men who were Prisoners of War (POW) on the Sumatra Railway during the Second World War. Part of my project also includes assisting IWM with cataloguing some of these collections. I am particularly interested in the different ways stories of the POW experience  have been told among families, and what these stories can teach us about remembering traumatic historical events.

Emily Peirson-Webber, Research Manager

Since starting at IWM in 2013 I have led the dissemination activities for our AHRC Connected Communities project Whose Remembrance? and helped to develop the resource guide Researching the British Empire in the First World War. My personal research interests are in the presentation of difficult heritage in a museum environment and First World War memorials. I recently graduated with distinction from the MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies course at the UEA.

Anthony Richards, Head of Documents and Sound 

For many years Anthony has worked on the diaries, letters and memoirs in the museum’s care and is responsible for its extensive collection of personal stories in both written and recorded form.  A qualified Archivist, he has provided historical advice for television and radio productions, including the BAFTA-nominated ITV series ’The Great War: The People’s Story’, and written the books The Somme: A Visual History and In Their Own Words: Untold Stories from the First World War, both published in 2016.

Dr Simon Robbins, Senior Archivist

I joined the Museum in 1989, having studied History at Nottingham University and War Studies at King’s College London where I completed my doctoral thesis (published as British Generalship on the Western Front, 1914-18: Defeat Into Victory which was short-listed for the Templer Medal).  Trained as an Archivist at University College London, I am the author of The First World War Letters of General Lord Horne and British Generalship during the Great War: The Military Career of Sir Henry Horne (1861-1929) and co-author of Staff Officer, the Diaries of Walter Guinness (First Lord Moyne), 1914-18 and Haig’s Generals.  I recently completed a cataloguing project funded by the Wellcome Trust of the IWM’s private papers relating to medicine and am now researching The Empire Strikes Back: A History of British Counterinsurgency, 1910-2010 (History Press 2012).

Roger Smither, Research Associate

I worked full-time at Imperial War Museums  for forty years, retiring as Keeper of the Film and Photograph Archives in August 2010.  These days, I work on a part-time basis in the Research Department, helping with the development of the IWM research strategy and programme.  I remain interested in the use and mis-use of still and moving images as media for information and propaganda, and am working on some specific research projects in this area.

Parveen Sodhi, Sales and Licensing Executive

My current role involves providing photograph reproductions and permission for usage in the IWM Image Sales Department.  In my free time I am researching the experience of Indian soldiers experiences in Gallipoli, Salonika and Mesopotamia.  I was as a curator for the Empire, Faith and War Exhibition at the Brunei Gallery (July – September 2014).  My research is also contributing to projects for the USI (India), 1914 Sikhs, Anglo-Sikh Heritage Trail and for other organisations seeking assistance in using the IWM archives to reveal and promote the stories and experiences of Indian soldiers during the First World War.  I have previously translated the Punjabi oral prisoner of war recordings at the British Library (2010).  I hold a Masters in Global History from Warwick University, where I focused on the British Indian Army in the eighteenth-century.

James Wallis, Collaborative Doctoral Award Student

I began my AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award, ‘Remembrance, Commemoration and Memory: Negotiating the Politics of Display in the Imperial War Museum Public Programmes, 1960 – 2014’, in October 2011. Working alongside the IWM’s Regeneration Team, with James Taylor as my IWM supervisor, I am assisting the exhibition team through providing a full and detailed analysis of how previous exhibitions have dealt with the First World War. Before coming to the IWM I did Geography at Exeter, followed by a Masters in Research.

David Walsh, Section Head, Digital Collections

I have worked at the IWM since 1975, having studied Chemistry at Oxford University.  From an initial project to study the decomposition of cellulose nitrate film, I am now an expert in the preservation of film and video. I have played a key role in the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF), and in 2011 was appointed Head of the federation’s Technical Commission.  I teach film archivists from around the world at the annual FOCAL International Footage Training Week and at the FIAF Summer School.  I am currently responsible for IWM strategy for digitisation and for the long-term preservation of digital media.

Mark Whitmore, Director of Collections and Research

I joined IWM in 2003 as Director of Collections and Research.  My research interests have focussed largely around the history and interpretation of technology, both military and civilian.  First World War research includes extensive work on German tanks and I published ‘Mephisto: A7V Sturmpanzerwagen 506’ in 1989.  Other particular areas of interest have included light railways and motor transport, and Australian and French forces at Gallipoli.  I have also published on the role of Australians during the New Zealand Wars.  Most recently I have been researching the V2 rocket – not only the technology, but also the human impact of its development and manufacture, and the campaign against London.

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  1. Darryl Davis says: March 21, 20122:19 pm

    Found an arror of sorts in an IWM publication THE IWM BOOK OF 1914: THE MEN WHO WENT TO WAR, page 78 in paperback. It attrubutes British victory at Mons to the Other Ranks proficiency at rapid fire. Well, everyone believes that but it is wrong. Only a literal handful of words are available to describe rifle marksmanship/proficiency. They are vague and overlap. As, a Proficient rifle shooter how their skill functions and how they got that way, and you will mostly hear sports analogies or undefined range jargon.

    The inability of rifle proficiency skill has led to the disappearance of the historical record of the basis for the 2nd Amendment in the US. Almost no one knows that G. Washington was a Proficient rifle shooter, hunting twice a week since teen years. Reacting to what Washington did, the British Army fielded the Baker Rifle (with wood mallet!) and formed riflemen groups. This was an incomplete understanding, failing to grasp the skill and seizing on the hardware instead and failing to analyze the Colonial rifle.Later in that century, Based on the Boer experience, the Other Ranks were taught to do accurate rapid fire up to 300 yards. This showed the main part of the skill was unnoticed. It remained unnoticed at Mons and describing Mons through First Ypers.

    Google on Captain Samuel B. Woodfill and “Relevance” (Journal of WWI historians. They published my scathing excoriation of his written Medal of Honor citation as total misleading balderdash. I summarized what Capt. Woodfill did at Cunel, with the principles supporting it. He used rifle Proficiency and it looked like he was using a death ray: Eradicated 5 machine-gun nests with about 25 shots making 25 kills with head hits. I have a thumbnail explanation of what happened at Mons if anyone is interested.

    So they practiced 15 rounds/minute reaching out to 300 yards. So how was it the harvest of Germans began out at 1,000 yards? And why?

    • Emily Fuggle says: April 16, 20124:56 pm

      Hi Darryl, thank you for your comment and sorry for the delay in responding to you. I’ll pass your observations on to our publishing team to investigate further.

  2. BRIAN PAUL GITUCHA says: April 16, 201210:54 am

    I would like to know if there is anyone conducting research on the theater of Burma during WWII?

    • Emily Fuggle says: April 19, 201211:41 am

      Hi Brian, thanks for your comment and yes we do have some researchers here who are interested in researching the Second World War and the Far East. One of our curators is also studying for a PhD entitled ‘Filming a forgotten war: Combat cinematography and British film propaganda of the war in Southeast Asia 1942-46’.

  3. Jeremy Tucker says: May 6, 20122:19 pm

    I have in my possesion a set of reports form my father of the 512 Field Survey Echelon R E in 1945 of ther survey they did around mount Demavand in North Perisa in the latter stages of WW2.
    Would this be of interest to you?
    Please mail a reply with a yeh or neh. if not could you supply a link to a sourse on the net I could do some more rearsearch on this matter.
    Yours hopefully.

    • Emily Fuggle says: May 14, 20121:27 pm

      Hi Jeremy,
      Thank you for your comment. You can find out how to offer material to IWM on this page of our website. Thank you for bringing these to our attention.
      Best wishes

  4. K, Whyte says: November 2, 20122:34 pm

    I have two diaries, one kept between Nov 9th 1914 and February 2nd 1916. They show day to day routine in the trenches and billets and the other from March 1st to August 4th 1917. The second has much less information but some pages of calculations for using a compass, lists of orders for the day, ration lists with dates against names. These diaries belonged to two of my husband’s great-uncles and they are both in pencil with very small neat writing.
    I have tried to transcribe them and have covered about one year but it is slow laborious work. These diaries are kept safely but I wondered if the information in them would be of interest to anyone other than the family of the men.

    • Alys Cundy says: April 10, 201310:45 am

      Hi Kate,

      Sorry not to give a reply to you before now. Thank you for the information about the two trench diaries, they sound fascinating. You can find out about offering material to IWM on this page of our website.

      Best wishes,


  5. Ashley Staniland says: November 9, 201212:18 pm


    I wonder if you could help me? I am after aerial photographs from the second world war over the Munster region of Germany to try and locate the crash site of my great uncles Lancaster bomber. It came down near Gross Reken. Any help or information greatly appreciated.

    • Alys Cundy says: April 10, 201310:51 am

      Hi Ashley,

      Sorry for the delay with the reply. Your query is best addressed to our Collections Access team who will be able to help you with your research. You can find out about our research facilities on this part of our website and can make an enquiry with this form. Good luck with your search.

      Best wishes,


  6. Patricia Dale says: November 22, 20122:19 pm

    My father Lance Corporal Thomas Kenderdine was killed 25thSept1944 inRijkevorsel Belgium.He was in the Lincolnshire Regiment. In 1978 a book was written by Cyriel Verbist entitled Rijkevorsel 1040-1945. My late mother was sent a copy of this book written in Dutch. I wonder if you have a copy of this book in your archives in an english version . I would be grateful for any information or comments you have.Thank you.

    • Alys Cundy says: April 10, 201311:00 am

      Hi Patricia,

      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. You can make an enquiry about our Collections through this online form. You can also search our Collections through this section of our website. I hope you are able to track down what you are looking for.

      Best wishes,


  7. Martin Wilby says: January 29, 201312:16 am

    Is there a system in place to accommodate work experience for university students with IWM/Your department? Any assistance appreciated. Martin Wilby second Year Photographic student.

    • Alys Cundy says: April 10, 201311:07 am

      Hi Martin,

      You can find out about volunteering at IWM branches here on our website. This will give you the information on who to contact and the opportunities available.

      Best wishes,


  8. a s tipu says: March 4, 20135:22 pm

    Nice to read and appreciate it

  9. Susan Meissner says: April 5, 20138:41 pm

    I am an American novelist needing to research the London Blitz and particularly the second evacuation of children to the countryside, just before Sept 7, 1940. Is there someone on the team whose expertise includes the Blitz and whom I could begin a dialogue with? Many thanks.

    • Alys Cundy says: April 10, 201311:16 am

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your comment, your work sounds really interesting. You can make a research enquiry through this online form. A member of our Collections team will then get back to you about how best we can help with your research. You can also search the material in our Collections here. Good luck.

      Best wishes,


  10. Prof Brian Short says: June 12, 20134:31 pm

    I am finishing a history of the War Agricultural Committees in Second World War UK. Is there a way of liaising with IWM to assist in publication? I believe that this is the first book to discuss in depth the successes and failures of these committees who effectively ruled the British countryside 1939-45. I have identified some images from your collection that I would like to include.

    • Alys Cundy says: June 17, 20133:36 pm

      Hi Professor Short,

      Thanks for your comment. I will send you an email about your enquiry.


  11. Professor Kurt Kauper says: July 14, 201310:30 am

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    I am a Professor of Art and Queens College in New York and Princeton University.

    I am visiting London on a grant from Princeton to study the paintings of Meredith Frampton. I will be here until July 22. One of his most ambitious portraits is in your collection. It is titled:

    Sir Ernest Gowers (1880–1966), KCB, KBE, Senior Regional Commissioner for London, Lieutenant Colonel A. J. Child, OBE, MC, Director of Operations and Intelligence, and K. A. L. Parker, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, in the London Regional Civil Defense Offices

    I had pre-arranged with several institutions to see their Meredith Frampton paintings that were in storage. Unfortunately, I didn’t prepare adequately for visiting your museum, and I only found out upon arrival that you are closed until July 29th.

    The Meredith Frampton painting I mention above is one of his most important works, and I wonder if I might be able to make some special arrangements to view the painting this week; it would be enormously beneficial to my project, and I would be extremely grateful.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Kurt Kauper
    Associate Professor
    Queens College
    Visiting Associate Professor
    Princeton University

    • Alys Cundy says: July 15, 20133:56 pm


      Thanks for your enquiry. The Art Department is aware of your request and will be in touch with you directly.

      Best of luck with your research,


  12. Val Freeman says: July 22, 20132:05 pm

    Just wondered if anyone researching WW1 soldiers injured and their medical treatment, re what drugs and how much was given to the individual, plus which hospital they where sent to? The reason is my grandfather was shot in the foot in 1916 return to the field and then in 1917 received gunshot wounds to the neck, thigh and shoulder. His medical record for the time states the sizes of the wounds and the medication given on a daily basis, stating he was dangerously ill at one point. They make fascinating reading.

    I also have a photo of him, his brother and cousin * (*who was actually underage when signing up) which was taken of them whilst he was convalescencing and they were on leave in Todmorden, with a letter to accompany photo from his cousin* sent in 1981 stating the circumstances around the taking of the photo

  13. Val Freeman says: July 22, 20132:16 pm

    I have some diaries that my father wrote whilst out in Burma WW2 and have actually found a photo of him on your website on photo CF196 servicing the Hurri Bomber as he use to call them. Would these be of any interest to anyone researching 34 Squadron, plus there are some photos: the Taj Mahal, the governors house, darjeeling railway station, market etc

    Many thanks Val

    • Alys Cundy says: July 25, 201311:53 am

      Hi Val,

      Thanks for your comments. The material about your grandfather and your father both sound fascinating. You can find out how to offer material to IWM on this page of our website. I’m sure the Photograph Archive would also be interested to hear from you if you have information about one of their photographs. You can give them a ring on 020 7416 5333 or send an email to

      Best wishes,


  14. Richard Davis says: July 28, 20133:45 pm

    I have a bronze medallion, about 6.5 in diameter that I can not find any information on. It is divided into 4 quarters with the iron cross in the center. The left upper quarter shows a submarine and says ” S.M.Ubt.U20″ The right upper quarter shows the Lusitania and says “7 Mai1915.” The left lower quarter shows a map of europe and says “BORDEAUX”. The right lower quarter show a ram suspended by its abdomen in a hoist with the number 97000 under it and the margin says “LE HAVRE”. Can you help me in finding out any mor information pertaining to this item? Thank you

    • Alys Cundy says: July 29, 201310:07 am

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for your enquiry. Our Collections and Research services may be able to help you find some information on your medallion. You can submit a query to them on this form and they will get back to you. You could also have a look at our Collections Search to see if IWM has anything similar that might help to identity your item.

      I hope you are able track some information down, it sounds like a fascinating object.

      All the best,


  15. Sean McCormack says: August 3, 201312:03 pm

    The CALLING BLIGHTY series made in India 1944-45. I have read Paul Sargent’s fascinating article about these films in the IWM Review No 7.

    My father was involved in the making of some of these films. I have his war diaries for 1943 and 1944. These may shed a little more light on Paul Sargent’s article.

    Is anyone currently working in this field? Happy to bring in the material I have…

    • Alys Cundy says: August 5, 20132:22 pm

      Hi Sean,

      Thanks very much for letting us know about your father’s involvement in the Calling Blighty series and about his war diaries. They must be a really interesting document. This page on our website tells you all about how to offer or donate material to the IWM. If you fill in all the details that you have on this donation form someone will be able to get back to you.

      All the best,


  16. Chris Irving says: August 5, 20133:55 pm

    I live in a small village in Devon, Musbury. After reading about the Bedford Boys I am stirred to find out about the servicemen named on our Memorial as ordinary people, residents of the Parish, before they entered the services and died. At present they are just names on the Memoraial which are read out on Remembrance Day. Thing is I don’t really know where to start but I must start somewhere. Can someone give me a steer?


    • Alys Cundy says: August 6, 20133:26 pm

      Hi Chris,

      Thank for your enquiry. It’s great that you are keen to do some research on the people named on your local war memorial.

      For an idea of how to get started I would recommend having a look at the website of the War Memorials Archive. This Archive is held at IWM London and their webpages include a set of Frequently Asked Questions along with a Memorials Search. Also, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website allows you to search the casualty database for both world wars. Once you have a some information about the servicemen on your memorial you can continue your search at your local County Record Office and The National Archives. We also have archive material at the Imperial War Museum and you can search our collections here on our website.

      Hope some of these suggestions are useful. Best of luck with your research.


  17. Michael Bully says: August 10, 20139:23 pm

    Greetings, I am researching British WW1 poetry related to the war at sea,written by civilians and those who served in the forces. I am also looking at both published and unpublished sources.
    Any research leads welcome. Many Thanks .
    Many WW1 poetry anthologies ommit any reference to ‘war at sea’ poetry and I am hoping to redress the balance.
    Michael Bully

    • Alys Cundy says: August 13, 20139:57 am

      Hi Michael,

      Thanks for your enquiry. Your research sounds intriguing. ‘War at sea’ poetry definitely seems to be overlooked in comparison to the large amounts of very well-known Trench poetry, so if you can do something to redress the balance that would be great.

      In terms of research leads, if you have not done so already you can search IWM’s collections on this page of our website. I would also suggest that you get in touch directly with our Collections and Research team who know the collections and should be able to help direct you to relevant material. You can submit your enquiry to them via this online form and someone will get back to you.

      Good luck with your project,


  18. Monika Kokalj Kočevar, M.A. says: August 13, 201311:52 am

    I am preparing a PHD on forcibly mobilised Slovenes into German Army. Many of them were after invsion in Normandy POW in Great Britain, actually in Scotland, POW camp Woodhouselee near Edinbourgh. On 11 th December 1944 a brigade of around 2800 men sailed out from Liverpool port and headed Napoli Italy.
    I was wondering if any photos exist of any of those ships, rather convoys, or of any POW camps?

    I thank you for your answer in advance,

    With kind regards from hot Ljubljana,

    • Alys Cundy says: August 16, 201310:31 am


      Thanks for your enquiry. The best place to start, if you haven’t done so already, is to check out the IWM Collections Search. You can narrow the search down to photographs, so that may bring up something on the POW convoys you are looking for. For enquiries, help with the collections, or arranging to view photos you can get in touch with the Photograph Archive. You can give them a ring on 020 7416 5333 or send an email to They are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 5pm.

      Hope that helps, all the best with your PhD,


  19. Glyn Potter says: August 18, 20132:02 pm

    Good Afternoon,

    I am considering a possible MA by research in War and Society; I was thinking about an oral history of German and Italian POW in the UK. Do you have any such material in your archives and is there anyone there currently conducting research in this area? many thanks

    kind regards,

    Glyn Potter

    • Alys Cundy says: August 20, 20139:17 am

      Hi Glyn,

      Thanks for your enquiry. To find out if we have material in our archives you can use the online Collections Search. You can search for key terms such as ‘German POW’ and filter the search results by ‘Category’ and ‘sound’, which will let you know whether we have any oral history material on that topic. If you’d like to ask a specific question about your proposed research or for help with the collections you can submit an online Enquiry Form and someone will get back to you.

      Best of luck developing your MA,


  20. Martin Billenness says: September 16, 20133:47 pm

    Suzanne Bargett – Head of Research.

    Hi Suzanne,

    I recently took my d-day signal beacon to the antiques roadshow, and had write-ups in the Daily Express and Daily Mail website and I’m interested in finding out more information regarding this item. if you require pictures of this item just google “d-day signal beacon” and various sites will be available to view this item.

    The lamp has the MOD arrow mark on the top and the Stadium brand mark on the bottom. Someone can set the lamp to a single letter and the lamp will morse code this letter repeatedly.

    What I’m trying to find out is if there is any paperwork or design drawings for this lamp. I will be happy to hear from you regarding this and would help in any way possible.

    Thanking you in advance


    • Alys Cundy says: September 20, 20139:34 am

      Hi Martin,

      I’m afraid this enquiry is not something that Suzanne can personally help with. However, our Collections and Research services will be able to help you look for any paperwork that we might have on your fascinating d-day beacon. You can submit a query to them on this form and they will get back to you.

      Good luck with your research, I hope that you are able to add to the story of such a great find!

      All the best,

      Administrator IWM Research Blog

  21. Terry Spierling says: January 9, 201411:51 am

    I am making two replicas of the “Rupert” dummy paratroopers that were used as decoys on the eve of D-Day and require drawings and details of the dummy and the size and attachment details of the parachute. I have some information from museums, but nothing on how the parachute was attached. I cannot find a reference to this dummy using the IWM search tool, but have seen an example at the Army Flying Museum at Middle Wallop.

    Many regards


    • Alys Cundy says: January 15, 201410:56 am

      Hi Terry,

      If you would like to find out about material that we have in our collections it is best to get in touch with the Collections Access team by sending an email to or calling +44(0) 20 7416 5342 and they may be able to help. They can also book you an appointment to come in and have a look at any relevant records we might have. However, if you have used the IWM search tool and found nothing it is possible that we do not have the details that you need in our records. In which case, I would suggest getting in touch with the Army Flying Museum directly if you have not already done so (all their contact details are here) as they may have material relating to the example they have on display.

      Best of luck with your project, I hope you find the information that you need.


  22. lucinda denning says: January 17, 201412:55 pm

    Dear Curator of Painting, I can’t get any response from my emails so I am hoping this will catch someones eye & I can forward examples of Edward’s work.

    I am writing to ask if you would be interested in seeing the work of this extraordinary Polish artist Edward Kieszkiewicz.
    He has been living and working in the UK for many years since the end of the 2nd world war.
    Born in Warsaw in 1925 he was 14 when the German’s invaded Poland.
    He fought for the Polish ‘AK’ army during the war until he was arrested by the Germans & taken to a POW camp from which he escaped to Switzerland & then to Italy where he joined the 2nd Polish Corps.

    Edward trained first at Winchester school of Art, then at the Escuela Central de Bellas Artes de St Fernando in Madrid.
    He spent some years living in India as the Director of the I. Paderewski Foundation at the Cultural Centre in Delhi & also lectured at the Trywani Kala Sagram in New Delhi.

    His paintings are both powerful and disturbing, showing the awful events unfolding before him in Nazi occupied Poland, and also depicting in a grimly humorous way his attitude towards the barbaric Nazi soldiers. The seductive brush strokes belie the content of the works, so for a moment you do not realise the grim images constructed on the canvas.
    He may show the Nazi’s as monkeys or aubergines, to try and convey the shocking absurdity of their very real atrocities.

    He also paints the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in various forms, and many of his works depict in a beautifully rendered surface, the horror of man’s inhumanity to man in the most extreme forms.

    I think they are very interesting & important paintings. Edward paints in his studio in South London & has not exhibited many of these pictures before. He is creating his own response to the events he witnessed first hand or were experienced by those close to him.
    My connection with Edward is via the local centre for elder members of our community The Furzedown Project, where I met Edward (I help run an art group at the centre for those who enjoy painting, when I met Edward he explained he was a practising artist).
    I also am involved with a local Community Art Gallery -Sprout Gallery, we have offered Edward an exhibition which will be staged in January and encompass Holocaust Memorial Day.

    I would like to invite you to come & join us at the exhibition and to meet Edward.
    Also I feel that you may like to include some of Edward’s work in an exhibition of your own or perhaps purchase some of his work for your permanent collection.
    He is an elderly man and has failing eyesight he is continuing to work but it is hard for him. He would welcome any interest from other parties in his work and I feel it is an opportunity too recognise this unique vision of a terrible time in all of our histories.

    I include attachments showing a selection of his work

    Best Wishes

    Lucinda Denning

    • Alys Cundy says: January 24, 20143:22 pm

      Dear Lucinda,

      Thank you for your message. I have passed it on to the Art Department and one of the curators will be in touch with you directly.

      All the best,


  23. helen parker says: February 9, 20149:45 am

    If anyone wants to use this information/photographs from Far East 1945-1948 please feel free to do so. 2nd battalion The Buffs

    • Alys Cundy says: February 10, 201411:47 am

      Hi Helen,

      Thank you for the link to Henry Parker’s account of his experiences in the Far East and what looks like a great collection of photographs.

      All the best,


  24. Charles Weager says: February 18, 201412:37 pm

    Graaf de Borchgrave d’altena of the Belgian Marine. Coastal Defence cCommander, Do we know any thing about him. He arrives with family in our town of Yateley, Hants in September 1914. Leaves at the end of the war. Apparently does nothing. Apparently no records of what he does. May have been attached to the Dover Patrol, 1917, and involved in the recovery of Onward at Folkestone (1918). Nothing more known. Interested for Local History Group Yateley Society.

    Also What information do we have on the dispersal of Belgian Refugees, after processing, from Folkestone (1914)?

  25. Charles Weager says: February 18, 201412:39 pm

    What informtion do we have on irregular activities on the Belgian coast during WW1, Was Graaf de Borchgrave d’altena involved?

    • Alys Cundy says: February 24, 20144:06 pm

      Hi Charles,

      I’m afraid we are not able to answer your question directly. However, you are more than welcome to come in and use our collections if they can be of any help in your research into Graaf de Borchgrave d’altena or Belgian refugees. You can have a look what material we have on these topics on our Collections Search. If there is anything that you would like to come and look at you can find out how to order material and book an appointment in the Research Room on this page of our website.

      Hope that helps, best of luck with your research.


  26. Grace Koch says: April 20, 20148:58 am

    For those of you who may remember him, David Lance, past director of the oral history program in the late 1970s-early 1980s, at IWM, passed away 14 April.

    • Alys Cundy says: April 22, 201410:29 am


      We are very sorry indeed to hear that David Lance has passed away. I’m sure his former colleagues remember him with great fondness and IWM is indebted to the important work he did with the Sound Archive.

      We send our condolences to his family and friends,


  27. Anne Mcmanus says: May 17, 20144:35 am

    I have a photograph of a family group taken during WW2, in which every family member is in uniform, we believe they served in British defence forces. Appears to be a father and two sons in The Navy.
    A daughter in The Army and two sons in the Air Force. Their Rank Insignia is clearly visible.
    Could anyone please suggest a place that I could post this photo in the hope that someone could identify the family. Thanks Anne, Sydney, Australia

    • Alys Cundy says: May 20, 20144:00 pm

      Hi Anne,

      Thanks for your message. I’m afraid that we can’t help you here in the Research Department with your query. However, you can get in touch with the IWM Photography Archive on +44 (0) 20 7416 5333 and they may have some advice on how to continue your research into your photograph.

      Good luck and all the best,


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  29. Russell Leond says: May 1, 20156:20 pm

    This guy really seems to have worked hard on his blog, following a visit to Auschwitz. I’ve emailed him to ask if he could look to contribute. Keep up the excellent (and necessary) work…

    • Anna Maguire says: May 20, 20152:41 pm

      Dear Russell,

      Many thanks for your comment and for sharing that link. We hope you continue to enjoy reading the Research Blog.

      All best,


  30. Patrick Dempsey says: May 2, 201512:49 pm

    I think Russell came along after I had submitted some commentary! But he is right! Whatever level of dedication you apply to the Memory of those Jews of The Holocaust will ensure we are all better People for even trying to comprehend. I deal greatly with the denial lobby, out of concern that just a few might read them and think it is a genuine ‘history’? I do not debate The Factual Integrity of The Holocaust, that would do a disservice to the Memory of The 6,000,000 Murdered Jews of Europe. But, I do not wish their words to be the lasting memory for anyone approaching this subject! I am struggling to come to terms with a 4th. Book on the subject, as it appears much too much is being syphoned away from The Holocaust meaning! My congratulations to you for a very fine effort. Thank you too Russell for taking the time to comment. It is imperative that people acknowledge what was a truly horrendous Catastrophe for the Jews of Europe.

  31. Alex Joffe says: May 7, 20151:57 pm

    I am seeking to contact Elizabeth Coll with a query regarding Noble Frankland. Might she be able to email me directly? My project relates to specific individuals involved in the writing of the Official History of World War II, one of whom Frankland mentions in his autobiography.

    Many thanks,
    Alex Joffe

    AH Joffe, PhD
    Middle East Forum

  32. Rebecca Coll says: May 14, 20159:39 am

    Hi Alex, do you mean me, Rebecca Coll? What is your email address?

  33. Alex Joffe says: May 19, 20151:01 am

    Rebecca, of course, apologies. My emails are and Many thanks. Alex

  34. Jane Oldfield says: May 26, 20158:53 am

    Having visited your Peter Kennard and Visions of War Above & Below exhibitions – both amazing; may I suggest you look at Kirsty Harris’ recent work re nuclear bomb experiments at (particulary video ‘A for Able’ & audio ‘How I learned to stop worrying 1945-2013’)

    Many thanks for all your work

  35. Anne Witchard says: September 30, 20151:48 pm

    I am hosting a conference on China and the Great War at the Imperial War Museum on May 4th 2016. I would like to invite one of your curators to give at talk on the museum’s collection of photos of the Chinese Labour Corps

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