Our Research Facilities

Research Room - IWM London

Access our documents collection, sound archive, library, digital resources, museum administrative records and War Artists Archive by making an appointment for the Research Room. Three working days' notice is required.

Search our collections to find the items you would like to see. Then book an appointment.

Opening times:

Monday-Thursday (closed on Fridays and Bank Holidays)
Morning session: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Afternoon session: 2.00pm - 5.00 pm
You can book a morning or afternoon session, or both.

Christmas and New Year: the Research Room will be closed from 24 December 2015 - 3 January 2016.


2nd Floor East, IWM London

Photography Archive Visitors Room – IWM London

IWM's Photograph Archive is closed for appointments until Monday 5 October. You can still search our photograph collection online.

Access our photograph collection by making an appointment for the visitors room.

Search our collections to find the items you would like to see. Then email photoadmin@iwm.org.uk to book an appointment.

Opening times:

Monday and Friday


Austral Street,  London, SE11 4SJ (near IWM London)
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Access to our other collections


We can help with a limited number of requests to view original artworks not currently on display at IWM London. Due to our limited resources we prioritise postgraduate research. Visits are escorted by a specialist curator so we need at least two weeks’ notice to arrange and make the material available. Please contact art@iwm.org.uk to request an appointment. It helps us greatly if you can tell us a bit about your research.

Not all works in our collections are stored at IWM London. Our poster collection is stored at IWM Duxford in Cambridgeshire, so we can’t help with requests to view this. However, you’ll be able to view most of the poster collection online.

The Film Archive

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 filmcommercial@iwm.org.uk.

The Film Archive also offers a limited bespoke viewing and copying service for museums, armed forces, veterans and their immediate family, family history researchers, students and filmmakers involved with the IWM Short Film Festival. For details of these services and expert advice on accessing the IWM film collection for such purposes please contact film@iwm.org.uk.

Centenary Partnership

Find out about the international programme to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Research Blog

Find out about what research is currently being undertaken at IWM.

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