The chance find of an evocative photograph launched SSN member and researcher Dr Frances Hurd on a quest, to trace the lives and deaths of ten men and their family before and after the First World War.
In this second instalment of Case Studies from our 'Mapping the Centenary' portal, two more projects tell us about the work they completed during the 2014-2018 First World War centenary. Both reveal additional information about the scope of their activities, what they learned along the way, and offer some future advice drawn from their experiences.
In this first of a two-part blog, we hear from commemorative projects that have submitted listings for our digital portal, 'Mapping the Centenary'. We invited each contributor to reveal greater detail about the topics of their respective project activities, what they sought to achieve, as well as to share a few ‘best practice’ tips based on their experiences.
SSN Member and freelance curator Claire Mead explores the looting of Japanese swords in 1945, and their symbolic value.
Suzanne Bardgett, IWM Head of Research and Academic Partnerships, gives an insight into the research process for her book, Wartime London in Paintings.
SSN Member and author Andrew Hemmings tells us about the chance discovery of a Second World War grave, and his research into the man's story.
On the 80th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuations, SSN Member and researcher Katherine Quinlan-Flatter writes about events from the German perspective, based on her research on German newspapers from the time.
In August 1945, Allied forces dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In this post, we share the testimonies of three women who were directly affected by the dropping of the bombs, as interviewed by artist Lee Karen Stow.
Artist Lee Karen Stow creates shared spaces for female voices of war. Despite the stand-still induced by Covid-19, her work to photograph and tell the stories of the women and the natural landscape of Hiroshima and Nagasaki after the bombings continued.
An overview of IWM's new Digital Portal for the First World War Centenary.