Thank you for thinking of donating an item to our collections.

Unfortunately we are unable to process or accept offers of material for our collections until further notice.

We have also suspended our oral history interview programme. While we still welcome any approaches from members of the public who may be interested in being interviewed, we regret that we are unable to make any commitments regarding this until the current crisis has passed.

Our absolute priority is the health and safety of our staff and the public. We wish to emphasise, however, that these are purely temporary arrangements and we look forward to resuming our collecting activity as soon as we are able to do so. Please be assured that we will be monitoring the situation closely and will update with information as we have it.

Our curators will continue to work on developing and enhancing online information relating to items in our existing collection and to bring you stories that have contemporary resonance and relevance.


Donated objects are recorded, preserved and cared for to the highest standards. However, this comes at a high cost, forcing us to be selective about what we can now accept into our keeping.

Any new donations accepted into our care must represent a meaningful addition to the collection, providing insights into the human experience of war and conflict and the impact it has had on people’s lives.

IWM continues to receive donations both of contemporary and historical material, which are added to our extensive Collections.

  • If you are thinking of offering material to us, start by finding out what we are collecting.
  • Unfortunately, we are not able to accept everything we are offered. If we already have good examples of an object within the Collections we are unlikely to accept more, and there are some types of objects that we almost never acquire now.
  • Please note we are unable to accept offers by post or in person at IWM North. If you wish to make an offer of material, we ask you to use the online donations form

  • Please note we are unable to accept offers by post or in person at IWM North. 

  • Our Acquisition and Disposal Policy determines what we can collect and outlines our priorities.

  • You may like to read about the objects we have acquired recently.