About Us

IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. We seek to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'. We are proud to be regarded as essential sights of London, Cambridgeshire and Greater Manchester.

IWM is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester; IWM Duxford near Cambridge; the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London; and the historic ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Pool of London on the River Thames. The information on this website tells you about the permanent displays, the archives, special exhibitions, forthcoming events, education programmes, corporate hospitality and shopping facilities.

We are partially government-funded but need sponsorship and donations to sustain our ambitious programmes. You can now donate online - all contributions are very welcome.

Please enjoy your visit, take advantage of the contact numbers and return soon to see updates. I hope it will encourage you to make plans to visit us as soon as possible.

Diane Lees, Director-General of IWM