Imperial War Museums explores conflict and its impact on people’s lives.

IWM is a family of five museums recording and showcasing experiences of modern conflict. Some of those experiences paint a picture of everyday life in wartime, others give us a glimpse of something exceptional. All of them help us to explore the causes of war and its impact on people’s lives. 

Explore our Collection

Explore our Collection

Our museums may be closed but you can still explore our collection online. Search thousands of photographs and objects documenting conflict since 1914. 

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Learning Activities and Resources

IWM has a range of learning resources to keep children occupied over the coming weeks. As well as our online resource packs, we're planning weekly activities inspired by our stories and collections on Facebook

 

 

 

 

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  • Front cover of Amazing Animal heroes by Mike Unwin
    Books

    Sit down with a good book. Our collection includes wartime classics and children's books. 

  • A Spitfire model from IWM
    Model Kits

    Rediscover the joy of model kits. Our selection includes the iconic Spitfire. 

  • Colour photograph of an aircrew in full flying kit walking beneath the nose of Short Stirling Mark I
    © IWM (TR 9)
    IWM Prints

    Choose from a wide range of stunning images from our collection to purchase as a print.

Art And Design

Art at IWM

Art And Design

Art at IWM

IWM holds an exceptional art collection documenting conflict since 1914. The collection features artists from Sir William Orpen to commissions by Steve McQueen and Susan Philipsz.
A painting entitled Christmas Day in the London Bridge YMCA Canteen. Depicts a lively scene of women serving up tea and cake set against a backdrop of flag bunting.
Christmas Day in the London Bridge YMCA Canteen, 1920, by Clare Atwood. © IWM (IWM ART 3062)

Featured Stories

Women Wanted for Evacuation Service poster
© IWM (Art.IWM PST 15092)
Second World War
The Evacuated Children Of The Second World War
Evacuation took place in several waves. The first came on 1 September 1939 - the day Germany invaded Poland and two days before the British declaration of war. Over the course of three days 1.5 million evacuees were sent to rural locations considered to be safe.
French troops manning a captured German Maxim gun at Fort Douaumont, Verdun, 1916.
© IWM (Q 69971)
First World War
10 Significant Battles Of The First World War
From the largest naval battle, and the longest battle, to the most painful and infamous battle, and the battle that marked the end of mobile warfare on the Western Front, discover 10 significant battles of the First World War that took place between 1914-1918.
Westland Whirlwind helicopters of the Royal Navy taking the first men of 45 Royal Marine Commando into action at Port Said from HMS THESEUS.
Britain And The Commonwealth Since 1945
What Was The Suez Crisis?
Find out why the Suez Canal in Egypt became the focus for controversial British military action in the 1950s. 

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Season

Refugees

Season

Refugees

Taking place at IWM London and IWM North, Refugees explores refugee experiences throughout history and ongoing issues faced by those affected through two major exhibitions, a series of events and a new site-specific art commission at IWM London from world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.  
AFGHAN TEENAGERS PLAY CRICKET AGAINST A SHIPPING CONTAINER IN THE CALAIS ‘JUNGLE’, IN AN AREA OF THE CAMP KNOWN AS 'AFGHAN SQUARE'
©Rob Pinney