Our Research Facilities
Research Room - IWM London
Access our documents collection, sound archive, library, digital resources and museum administrative records by making an appointment for the Research Room. Three working days' notice is required.
Monday-Thursday (closed on Fridays, weekends and Bank Holidays)
Morning session: 10am-1pm
Afternoon session: 2pm-5pm
You can book a morning or afternoon session, or both.
Christmas closure: The Research Room will be shut over the Christmas period. We will be closed from Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.
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.
Christmas and New Year: Closed Friday 23, Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 December 2016, and Monday 2 January 2017.
2nd Floor East, IWM London
Photography Archive Visitors Room – IWM London
Access our photograph collection by making an appointment for the visitors room.
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 email@example.com. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.