Collections Review

In summer 2010 IWM began a five-year Collections Review to assess all its holdings and make strategic plans to develop the Collection.

We have been collecting for almost 100 years. We make our unique Collections relevant to contemporary audiences across our five branches. We do this by creating vivid personal stories and powerful physical experiences that engage visitors of all ages with the issues of war and conflict. The Collections Review has been designed to take a critical look at the Collections and make sure that they are developed in such a way that they can contribute to the public’s understanding of the experience and force of war.

During the review our specialist curators, archivists and librarians will assess the material in their care and decide how they want to develop their Collections for the future. They will propose specific key acquisitions and they may recommend that some objects are disposed of.

Throughout the Collections Review programme information and opinions gathered from visitors and stakeholders is important to us. Watch this space for details of any upcoming consultation events.

In the meantime, if you wish to get in touch with us, or offer us feedback on any items proposed for dispersal/disposal please email us at or fill in our online form. If you have a question about the programme, check our FAQs page.