In summer 2010 IWM began a five-year Collections Review to assess all its holdings and make strategic plans to develop the Collection.

We have been collecting for almost 100 years. We make our unique Collections relevant to contemporary audiences across our five branches. We do this by creating vivid personal stories and powerful physical experiences that engage visitors of all ages with the issues of war and conflict. The Collections Review was designed to take a critical look at the Collections and make sure that they are developed in such a way that they can contribute to the public’s understanding of the experience and force of war.

During the review our specialist curators, archivists and librarians assessed the material in their care and decide how they wanted to develop their Collections for the future. They proposed specific key acquisitions and they recommended that some objects were disposed of.

Throughout the Collections Review programme information and opinions gathered from visitors and stakeholders was important to us. If you have a question about the programme, check our FAQs page. Or if you wish to get in touch with us, or offer feedback please email us at

More Information

  • Recent Acquisitions

    Information on our recent acquisitions.

  • Objects Currently Under Consideration

    Information on our objects currently ynder consideration.

  • FAQs

    Read our Frequently Asked Questions

  • Disposals

    Information on our Disposals policy