IWM has managed a Film Archive for over a century. From its very beginnings as an institution IWM understood the importance of film as primary source material and its extensive collection illustrates the causes, course and consequences of conflict from the First World War to the present day.

A remarkable resource for researchers and film-makers

Our constantly growing collection now extends to over 25,000 hours of moving images, representing a wide and diverse range of material from public and service information films, documentaries and unedited combat film, through to official newsreels and amateur films. Two substantial collections from NATO and the United Nations in the former Yugoslavia are also held.

An ongoing film digitisation programme provides free online access, with newly-digitised media added as soon as it becomes available.

Our Services

  • Specialist film curators

    IWM has a small team of specialist film curators with extensive experience working with commercial researchers.

  • IWM Film Website

    IWM also offers a website specially designed for the needs of commercial users IWM Film.

  • Non-commercial licences

    Contact us for advice on the supply and licensing of film material for non-commercial projects (i.e. personal use/academic/heritage organisation)