WHAM Research Network


WHAM (War History Heritage Art and Memory) is a research network and community developed to facilitate multi- and inter-disciplinary ‘dialogue’ on war and peace at the intersection of history, heritage, art, and memory. WHAM has created a ‘meeting place’ where those involved in making, writing, display, performance, and other forms of expression can come together. This is enabled through WHAM’s individual and institutional membership database and the promotion of its members’ activities.

Although WHAM’s war and peace concerns potentially extend to all conflict, the current anniversaries related to World War I’s centenary offer the opportunity to reflect on war both generally and specifically. There has been worldwide interest in observing these commemorations over the period 2014-2018, in particular. WHAM played a leading role in the organisation of the international, multidisciplinary symposium, The myriad faces of war: 1917 and its legacy at Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, New Zealand, 25-28 April 2017.

The organising partners were: Massey University, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage, and The University of Auckland.

This year selected papers from the symposium were published in The Myriad Legacies of 1917: A Year of War and Revolution edited by Maartje Abbenhuis, Neill Atkinson, Kingsley Baird, and Gail Romano (Palgrave Macmillan).


Currently—following the symposium and publication—the WHAM network is rebuilding with the intention of significantly enlarging its international reach through its individual and institutional membership. In addition, the network will continue to lead and collaborate with partners to organise events and contribute to the dissemination of information about proposed activities such as conferences, exhibitions, performances, and scholarly publications in different locations around the world.

WHAM’s vision and activities are led by the WHAM Board and Steering Committee

  • WHAM board membership

    WHAM Board membership

    Kingsley Baird (chair), Professor, Whiti o Rehua/School of Art, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, (NZ)

    Dr Maartje Abbenhuis, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Auckland (NZ)

    Professor Annette Becker, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense (France)

    Suzanne Bardgett, Head of Research, Imperial War Museum, London (UK)

    Doran Cart, Senior Curator, National World War I Museum (US)

    Piet Chielens, Director, In Flanders Fields Museum (Belgium)

    Hervé François, Directeur, Historial de la Grande Guerre (France)

    Paul Gough, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, College of Design and Social Context, RMIT University (Australia)

    Glyn Harper, Professor of War Studies, Massey University, (NZ)

    Windsor Jones, Curator, National Army Museum Te Mata Toa (NZ)

    Sally Morgan, Distinguished Professor, College of Creative Arts, Massey University (NZ)

    Gorch Pieken, Wissenschaftlicher Leiter, Militärhistorisches Museum (Germany)

    Claire Regnault, Senior Curator History, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa (NZ)

    Euan Robertson, Ngā Pae Māhutonga - The School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University (NZ)

    Gail Romano, Associate Curator, History, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, (NZ)

    Jay Winter, the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University (US).

    WHAM Steering Committee

    Kingsley Baird (chair), Massey University

    Maartje Abbenhuis, The University of Auckland

    Neill Atkinson, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage

    Glyn Harper, Massey University

    Euan Robertson, Massey University

    Gail Romano, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga

    Bekki Johns (Administrator)