Imperial War Museum

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"IWM (Imperial War Museums) is a leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present. A family of five museums, IWM illustrates and records all aspects of modern war and of the individual’s experience of it, whether allied or enemy, service or civilian, military or political, social or cultural. IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the Great War. The intention was to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that war - civilian and military - and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society."[1]

Board of Trustees

Accessed September 2015: [2]

Board Members

Two Vacancies

His Excellency The Hon Alexander Downer AC (High Commissioner for Australia)
His Excellency Gordon Campbell (High Commissioner for Canada)
His Excellency Ranjan Mathai (High Commissioner for India)
His Excellency the Hon Sir Lockwood Smith KNZM PhD (High Commissioner for New Zealand)
His Excellency Syed Ibne Abbas (High Commissioner for Pakistan)
His Excellency Obed Mlaba (High Commissioner for South Africa)
His Excellency Dr Chris Nonis (High Commissioner for Sri Lanka)

The Sovereign appoints the President of the Board.

The Prime Minister appoints ten members, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs two (Sir Francis Richards and Sir John Scarlett), the Secretary of State for Defence one (Peter Watkins) and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport one (Vacant). Their High Commissioners represent seven Commonwealth Governments ex officio.



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  1. About, Imperial War Museum, accessed September 22, 2015.
  2. Trustees, Imperial War Museum, accessed September 22, 2015.