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.