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 contribution||Objects of war: the response of the Imperial War Museum, London, to the First and the Second World Wars|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 4 May 2017|