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Conflict Records Unit

The Conflict Records Unit specialises in primary sources of contentious, war-related provenance and enduring historical value. Conflict records - in their narrowest sense, captured enemy records, and in their broadest meaning, documents and media generated by parties to an armed conflict - are by virtue of their disposition difficult to access and at risk of loss or destruction.

The Conflict Records Unit supports and extends the mission of the Sir Michael Howard Centre, by working closely with and enabling the work of War Studies researchers, research groups and centres at KCL. The unit achieves this through a program of applied collection, research, analysis and engagement. Its three core functions are to:

  • Develop and host conflict records, including digital and analog materials;
  • Make use of conflict records for purposes of research, publication, and knowledge transfer;
  • Promote study and understanding of the role of conflict records and war-related archives at risk.


Call for Papers - Documenting War Conference (May/Jun 22)

We invite original contributions from early-career and established scholars working in any field of study, but especially those exploring the intersection between points noted above and issues of foreign policy, defence, intelligence, grand strategy, irregular warfare, core international crimes, public health, new technology developments, security and development, and histories of state and empire. See here for full details and contact information.

Group lead


Michael A Innes

Visiting Senior Research Fellow