Our Research Facilities


The IWM Photography Archive Visitors Room is open by appointment Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 5pm. The Archive is located a short walk from IWM London on Austral Street, London SE11 4SJ.

To make an appointment please email photoadmin@iwm.org.uk . Please request an appointment at least three days in advance, and remember to specify a date.

Access is free of charge and staff will be on hand to advise you in your search.

If you have any special needs or disabilities please mention your particular requirements when booking your appointment.

School-age children are permitted in the Visitors Room when accompanied by an adult. Access to the Visitors Room for small school groups is also possible by prior arrangement.

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Books, Documents and Sound

Access to our documents, sound archive, published items, digital resources and War Artists Archive is available in our Research Room at IWM London via pre-booked appointments only.  We are located on Floor 2 East.

We are open Mondays to Thursdays (closed Bank Holidays), with two bookable sessions a day - 10am - 1pm, and 2 - 5pm.  Closed 1 - 2pm. 

Booking is not possible by telephone.

Request appointments at least three working days' in advance. Please indicate clearly whether you want a morning or afternoon session, or both (ie. whole day).  You'll receive an autoreply acknowledging receipt of your request, but the booking isn't confirmed until we directly contact you.

If you have any special needs or disabilities please mention your particular requirements when booking your appointment.

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We can help with a limited number of requests to view original artworks not currently on display at IWM London. Due to our limited resources we prioritise postgraduate research. Visits are escorted by a specialist curator so we need at least two weeks’ notice to arrange and make the material available. Please contact art@iwm.org.uk to request an appointment. It helps us greatly if you can tell us a bit about your research.

Not all works in our collections are stored at IWM London. Our poster collection is stored at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire, so we can’t help with requests to view this. However, you’ll be able to view most of the poster collection online.

The Film and Video Archive

A selection of our most popular films can now be viewed and downloaded from our beta Film Sales site. We are also investing in an on-going digitisation programme, which will continue to add new titles and new viewing platforms from which to view them.

However, in order to support and develop this offer, the Film Archive will have to reduce some of its previously offered services.

Our bespoke viewing and copying service for non-commercial customers will be prioritised to support specific individuals and groups: museums, armed forces, veterans, and immediate families and students involved with the IWM Film Festival. Please contact film@iwm.org.uk if you fall into any of these categories.

Commercial clients should continue to contact filmcommercial@iwm.org.uk.

Centenary Partnership

Find out about the international programme to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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Research Blog

Find out more about what research is currently being undertaken at IWM

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