Although objects proposed for dispersal may no longer be suitable for our collections, we want to ensure that as many of these objects as possible remain in public collections in the UK so that people can use and enjoy them. Objects listed on this page are usually advertised to the museum community through the Museums Association’s Find an Object search.

Please note:

  • IWM is required to obtain the approval of the Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, for the dispersal of any non-duplicate objects. Objects will be listed on this page for consultation prior to such approval being obtained; these objects will be withdrawn from the process if such approval is not obtained.
  • We give priority to Accredited museums. Where there is competition for the same object we normally give priority to the first museum to make a request, but may also consider factors such as public access and collection remits.
  • All items are offered in good faith, but IWM makes no warranty and issues no guarantees as to the condition of any item. IWM declines to accept any responsibility for any loss or damage resulting from the acquisition of any object. Any institution wishing to acquire one of the objects on offer is responsible for satisfying themselves as to the condition and suitability of the object.