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Summer School attendee Catherine is our fourth guest blogger. Here she describes how she and other students used an item from our collections as inspiration to create silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War galleries, opening in 2014…

Catherine gets down to research about the psychological imapct of the First World War

When my history teacher first told me that IWM was hosting two Summer Schools on the First World War, my first thought was ‘I have to go on this’. It certainly wasn’t ‘I think we could make an animation using light’.

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Here’s our third guest post from Rubina, who attended our Summer Schools, where she and other students used items from our collections as inspiration as they created silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War Galleries opening in 2014…

Rubina works with other New Perspectives summer school students to research the Psychological Impact of the First World War

Choosing either physical or psychological impact wasn’t a tough choice. I knew I wanted to explore the psychological impact of the First World War because it was somewhat under the radar when it came to learning about the war at school.

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Animating films for the new First World War galleries.

Here’s our second guest post from students from the Summer School, where students used items from our collections as inspiration as they created silent animated films that may feature in our new First World War Galleries opening in 2014…

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The Young Reporters learn the tools of the conservation trade

After being interviewed by the Young Reporters for their radio broadcasts, it was great to have them return to visit me in the Conservation Laboratory and spend some time learning more about what I do as an Object Conservator at IWM.

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The Young Reporters learn how to identify insect pests

In early July I led two conservation workshops about insect pests for the Young Reporters project.

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The Young Reporters in the conservation workshop

As part of Transforming IWM London I was asked to participate in the Young Reporters project involving Year 5 pupils from two local schools – Archbishop Sumner School and Oasis Academy Johanna.

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This week we are launching the sixth and final podcast in our series.  Once again our Young Reporters go the behind the scenes  and talk to our local residents and friends of IWM London to see what the local communities think about the major changes taking place as part of Transforming IWM London.

I particularly love this sixth and final podcast because it reminds us how close a community we have and what an important place IWM London is for so many people.  Working for IWM London I often hear people’s stories of their first memories of coming and why they love our family of five museums.

This week’s podcast gives you a chance for you to hear a couple these stories brought to you by our fantastic IWM Young Reporters.  Listen to the last in our six-part series of IWM Young Reporters’ exclusive podcasts below:

Our Young Reporters are from local schools Archbishop Sumner and Oasis Academy Johanna.  In this part of the Young Reporters two year project they made these fantastic podcasts with the support of Lambeth College Radio students.  The Young Reporters project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Students from Broomfield School creating animations for New Perspectives

I first became aware of the New Perspectives project with IWM when I was asked by Anna Lotinga to act as a consultant to the project last summer. After we met at Broomfield School where I work as an Advanced Skills (History) Teacher and Head of Department, I was so impressed with what I heard that I immediately asked to be part of the project. This was an awesome opportunity for my students to create animated films about the First World War.

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