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Updated: 2018-01-15T00:11:17.218+00:00

 



VE Day in Holland: an Englishwoman writes home

2015-05-07T13:41:24.650+01:00

My Gran, Primrose, was born and raised in the north-east of England, mainly in the vicarage at Lamesley, outside Gateshead. Working as a shipping clerk in Newcastle during the 1930s, she met and...

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Getting rid of Twitter's promoted links

2015-04-21T15:39:17.595+01:00

Do you ever get annoyed by promoted tweets? I do, so I made this bookmarklet for when I'm using the Twitter web application: unpromote Drag this to your browser's favourites bar and click it when...

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Collections distractions #4: A schoolboy describes a burning zeppelin to his father

2014-02-22T17:47:10.115+00:00

Here's a letter I stumbled across a while back, not a surprise as such but startlingly real. It's a letter in which a boy tells his father, in quite a considered, illustrated account, about the...

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One for Roger

2014-02-12T23:34:43.262+00:00

I'm determined to write at least a quick one tonight. Today I heard that Roger Tolson had died. Roger was until recently the Head of Collections at IWM, and prior to that the heart of the Art...

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Collection distractions #3: West African Troops in India During the Second World War

2014-02-06T22:56:50.167+00:00

At least here in the UK, we tend to think about the British Empire in terms of the relationships between Britain and its dominions, and the British and the people of those countries. Of course that's...

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Collection distractions #2: Stereoscopic photos at the IWM

2014-02-06T22:57:05.214+00:00

Well today's collection distraction* is a number of stereoscopic photographs, mainly from the First World War**. These are pairs of images shot with a single camera and intended to be viewed with...

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Collection distractions #1: IWM's First World War films

2014-02-06T22:57:14.838+00:00

This week at Imperial War Museums we finally made available a newly digitised set of films dating to the First World War (and just before/after). These added hundreds to those we had already...

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Pivoting like it's 1999: introducing "Collection Distractions"

2014-02-06T22:57:27.706+00:00

So, although I finished serious work on my PhD over a year ago and in theory have more time to blog, and despite the fact that I have plenty of things I want to write about and plenty more I probably...

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The wrap

2013-07-19T11:12:47.751+01:00

So, it's over. The PhD. Having first submitted the thesis in November... been examined in March, done my amendments (thereby adding another 150 pages...) and made my final submission at the end of...

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PhD: tick

2013-03-05T23:07:30.602+00:00

I had my PhD viva today. The last time I had a viva, 21 years ago, I believe I went in a touch intoxicated. That experiment in controlling nerves was not a success. I see it as a sign of how...

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The Mystery Trend

2012-11-16T22:01:58.474+00:00

This is a little case study of digging into our web stats a bit to understand a recent trend. Doing this sort of digging is pretty addictive and can, of course, throw up some interesting...

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IWM and the Google Cultural Institute

2012-10-11T11:06:41.836+01:00

Just a very quick one. Yesterday Google launched the new historical part of what they now call the Cultural Institute*, consisting of object records and media plus a number of exhibits assembled...

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Mobile thinking

2012-09-19T22:38:26.631+01:00

(well, pontificating.) So, how to go mobile? Don’t ask me, every time we go around this one all the same questions come out. One site or multiple? One URL or more? (these are not the same question.)...

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Solr replication "invalid version" error

2012-07-13T10:59:50.985+01:00

A quick one for googlers: I had this error in my catalina log when trying to replicate a Solr index: invalid version expected 2 but 10 or the data in not in 'javabin' formatI first saw it when I...

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What would a European Cultural Commons be?

2012-06-21T12:40:12.690+01:00

The motion: “This house believes that all content in the European Cultural Commons should be freely available for reuse” Last week’s, um, Uxford Onion debate at the Europeana plenary in...

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A memorial post

2012-06-09T13:35:44.313+01:00

On Wednesday my great uncle Raoul died, a couple of months shy of his hundredth birthday. It wasn't unexpected really, but still sad. Though I didn't see him nearly enough, he was a lovely man and...

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Off you go, my lovelies: embedding film and sound from IWM

2012-05-17T14:38:59.325+01:00

On Tuesday we  made a few changes to the website, one of which we've been working towards for a long time: freeing up our streaming media so that you - and you and you and you  - can use it...

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Installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview as a virtual machine

2012-03-03T14:55:30.341+00:00

Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out. By all accounts the new OS is a radical departure from the Windows UX paradigm of the last 2 decades and it's quite possibly going to be a very important OS, not...

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Solr to Google Earth

2012-01-25T23:47:46.706+00:00

This is a basic how-to you can probably find done better elsewhere, but since I didn't find all the bits in one place myself I thought I may as well put this up. The task: show query results from...

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Three years with Spinal Muscular Atrophy III: one parent’s take

2011-12-22T18:30:34.549+00:00

Since people reading this post are probably not regular readers of ths blog (who is?), a quick word of warning: I don't do concise. I could have split it into multiple posts but that's just cheating,...

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New IWM websites pt.III: the, um, website

2011-11-08T10:19:13.161+00:00

So, as on the evening before we switch our new website over from beta to fully live status I finally get round to the website part of this series of blog posts. In part 1 we did brand, e-commerce and...

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New IWM websites pt.II: Collections and licensing

2011-11-02T23:26:07.964+00:00

This is the second post about our "big bang" and the things we launched on October 4th. In the first post I talked about the new brand, e-commerce, and hosting. Here I'll talk a bit about collections...

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On [that] day, 4th October 2011... pt 1

2011-10-26T11:07:41.369+01:00

Tuesday October 4th was a big one for the Imperial War Museum. We in the New Media department had been working towards it for well over a year, but several other parts of IWM also had first-night...

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SOAPhar, so good

2011-10-23T16:31:43.295+01:00

All of a sudden video and sound on our new beta site, streamed from our DAMS, stopped working this week. We embed these using a (currently) private oEmbed service which gets its data from a SOAP...

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Flash 10.2 on Android phones with ARM: partial success

2011-10-23T16:19:15.953+01:00

Imagine my disappointment and annoyance and slight feeling of miss-selling* when I discovered that my otherwise lovely new Android phone (a Samsung Galaxy Ace / S5830) couldn't install Adobe...

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