Our Research Facilities
Transforming IWM London - Research facilities move
IWM London is now closed until 29 July 2013 as part of our ambitious plan to transform the museum.
This temporary closure means there is no access to the Explore History Centre, the art collection or the War Artists’ Archive, and our research facilities have been temporarily relocated to the All Saints building in Austral Street, a short walk from IWM London.
Access to our documents, sound archive, published items and digital resources has been maintained. Please continue to use our online booking system for appointments.
During this period, we require three working days’ notice to ensure delivery of requested material and we will be unable to offer ordering on the day. If you would like to access large quantities of material over a number of days, please do note this in your initial enquiry and we will liaise with you directly. Visitors with special needs or disabilities are requested to mention any particular requirements they have when booking their appointment.
On 29 July the Explore History Centre will reopen.
Our main research room will remain in the All Saints building until Friday 16 August. Following a short closure it will reopen in the museum on Monday 2 September.
The Photography Archive
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 phone +44 (0) 20 7416 5333. 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. Visitors with special needs or disabilities are requested to mention any particular requirements they have when booking their 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.
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 email@example.com if you fall into any of these categories.
Commercial clients should continue to refer to firstname.lastname@example.org.