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


Explore History - IWM London

Explore History is a drop-in work space with a selection of books and resources about war and conflict from the First World War to the present day. You can search our collection through our online catalogue and explore websites and e-resources curated by our experts to help you with your research.  Visit for free and talk to our staff who are on hand to give guidance.

Opening times:

Monday-Friday:  11.00am – 4.00 pm
Christmas and New Year: Closed Monday 28th December 2015 and Friday 1st January 2016.  Otherwise open weekdays as usual.


2nd Floor East, IWM London


Photography Archive Visitors Room – IWM London

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


The art collection and War Artists Archive are closed  for all appointments until Tuesday 5 January. You can still search our art collection online.

To arrange a visit from 5 January 2016 onwards please contact art@iwm.org.uk. Due to our limited resources we prioritise postgraduate researchers. Visits are escorted by a specialist curator so we need at least two weeks’ notice to arrange and make the material available, and 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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