Collections Sales and Licensing

IWM has a unique collection covering all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain, the Commonwealth and other former Empire countries. The collection is an unparalleled resource for understanding contemporary warfare and its impact on individuals, communities and nations.

Many of the materials from the IWM’s image, sound and film collections are available to purchase and license for use in commercial projects and products.

You can browse the collections online, or contact our sales teams below for further information. Our office hours are 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5309
Fax: +44 (0)20 7416 5355

Browse, purchase and license over 40,000 digital images, including art, photographs and exhibits online using our IWM Image Sales site. Or alternatively, order and license digital images by completing and returning an order form

Purchase high-quality prints of art, photographs and posters using our IWM Prints site.


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5291/5292
Fax: +44 (0)20 7416 5299

IWM's film collection covers social, political and military aspects of conflicts.

Many of our films can be researched, viewed and downloaded from IWM Film or researched and viewed by searching our collection.

IWM has a team of experienced film curators who offer assistance to commercial researchers. For expert advice on the IWM film collection including researching online, researching film material that is not yet listed online, viewing appointments, ordering time-coded DVD screeners, licence fees and the supply of broadcast format copies, please contact

IWM film material is released for commercial use under IWM’s standard terms and conditions subject to the essential requirements of the care and preservation of the original material and copyright. Licence fees are charged for the use of IWM film material in commercial projects.


Telephone: +44 (0)20 7416 5309
Fax: +44 (0)20 7416 5355

Order and license sound files by completing and returning an order form.

The purchase of a sound material does not convey any reproduction rights. If sound material is going to be used for commercial purposes, a licence is required. Please fill out the Sound Licensing Form.


To order copies of documents from IWM collections fill in our enquiry form.

Terms and conditions

Material supplied from the IWM Collections for non-commercial purposes is subject to a user agreement.

Material supplied from the IWM Collections for commercial uses is subject to our terms and conditions.

IWM is committed to trading in information fairly. To show the strength of this commitment, we have received accreditation under the Information Fair Trader Scheme (IFTS) from The National Archives. View our statement of commitment to IFTS.