Objects of war: the response of the Imperial War Museum, London, to the First and the Second World Wars

Alys Cundy*

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Abstract

SUMMARY: This paper analyses the interpretation and treatment of material culture by the Imperial War Museum (IWM) following the First and the Second World Wars. It finds that in the inter-war years the IWM presented its collection within a framework of hybrid value based on the material link between the objects of war and the events from which they originated. However, following the Second World War a different system of value was enacted. The authorities in this period steered collecting towards models and dioramas as a means of placing greater emphasis on the institution’s informative role.

Translated title of the contributionObjects of war: the response of the Imperial War Museum, London, to the First and the Second World Wars
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)261-273
Number of pages13
JournalPost-Medieval Archaeology
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

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