Our Research Facilities
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 open 10am - 5pm Monday - Friday. To make an appointment fill in this form or phone us on +44(0) 20 7416 5342. When requesting an appointment three working days' notice is required.
Visitors with special needs or disabilities are requested to mention any particular requirements they have when booking their appointment.
Transforming IWM London
Works are continuing to transform our museum and visitors to the Research Room should be aware that on occasion there may be some noise disruption. The museum is closed until 19 July 2014 but access to the Research Room will remain open throughout the closure.
To find out more visit Transforming IWM London.
Original artworks that are not currently on display can be viewed for research purposes at IWM London. We require two weeks’ notice for appointments so that we can arrange your visit and make the material available. To make an appointment fill in this form or phone us on +44(0) 20 7416 5342.
Not all works in our collections are stored at IWM London. Our poster collection is stored at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire, so we are unable to accommodate requests to view our poster collection. However, the vast majority is available to view via Collections Online.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you fall into any of these categories.
Commercial clients should continue to refer to email@example.com.