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Ellie Head

Ellie Head

Head of the IWM Institute
Imperial War Museum

Ellie Head is Head of the IWM Institute, Imperial War Museums’ innovation hub examining the history behind today’s headlines and experimenting with creative ways of deepening understanding of war and conflict.

Ellie leads on digital and live programming spanning podcasts, talks & debates, online festivals and in-person events, aimed at a younger, culture-loving audience.


Speaking at Culture Geek Conference
Tuesday 15th June 2021

Session: Telling the story of today’s refugee crisis

The world is witnessing the highest levels of displacement since the Second World War.

But who are the people behind the numbers, and what drives the decision to flee your home? Refugee Nights was a virtual festival exploring refugees’ stories through talks, music, history and food.

Hosted by Syrian refugee & filmmaker HASSAN AKKAD, the series brought together graphic novelists, artists, policy-makers and musicians to unpick this era-defining issue and celebrate the myriad ways in which refugees enrich UK culture.

The line-up featured singer Shingai Shoniwa; politician Lord Alf Dubs & comedian Omid Djalili.

Produced during lockdown, the series attracted over 10k views on IWM’s YouTube Channel.

+ See the whole programme

Ellie Head