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An unnaturally bright sun blazes over a landscape with a river. There is an aircraft flying over the desert in the lower right of the composition.
Art.IWM ART 4623
Art and Design
IWM's exceptional Art collection is one of the most important representations of twentieth century British art in the world
Staple bound, feint ruled exercise book containing newspaper cuttings adhered to its pages
LBY K. 74101-1
Books and Publications
IWM holds a large collection of published material relating to twentieth and twenty-first-century conflict.
Second World War Air Raid Precautions gas mask card and three bus tickets bearing the war-time slogan 'Beat the paper hanger be a paper-saver'.
Documents.8848
Documents
Our documents cover a wealth of personal experience and testimony, both British and foreign, as well as official records.
Section of twisted and rusted steelwork from the collapsed World Trade Center, New York
EPH 10364.2
Exhibits
IWM cares for over 155,000 three-dimensional objects.
Night time scene showing a bombed building on fire in London during the Blitz, 1940.
© IWM (HU 67287)
Film
Our constantly growing collection now extends to over 23,000 hours of moving images.
A VIEW LOOKING OVER THE CAMERON HIGHLANDS, MALAYA (CIRCA 1950s).
© IWM (TR 6363) Central Office Of Information
Photographs
IWM currently holds nearly 11 million photographs, covering all aspects of modern conflict from the Crimean War to the present day
Sound Archive
The Sound Archive holds over 33,000 recordings relating to conflict since 1914. This consists of the largest oral history collection of its type in the world, with contributions from both service personnel and non-combatants as well as significant holdings of speeches, sound effects, broadcasts, poetry and music.
WOMEN'S ROYAL NAVAL SERVICE.
IWM A 10763
Museum Administrative Records
The museum archive manages IWM’s own administrative records, which date back to its foundation in 1917. They are public records and researchers may search some of the records online or book an appointment at the IWM London Research Room to consult these records.

Collections Projects

War Memorial at Kew
© IWM (Q 48872)
War Memorials Register
Search the War Memorials Register - a comprehensive national register of UK war memorials and the names of the individuals they commemorate.
Lives of the First World War Promo Image
IWM Q649
Lives of the First World War
IWM’s Lives of the First World War tells the stories of individuals from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front. 
English boys visting an 8th Air Force base are given an introduction to baseball by USAAF personnel.
© FRE 13671
American Air Museum Online Archive
The American Air Museum website records the stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) who served their country from the UK in the Second World War. It also records the memories of the British people who befriended them.

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Collection Research Facilities
At Imperial War Museums, we aim to provide the widest possible access to our outstanding collection, be that printed material, documents, sound, film, photographs or works of art. Details relating to our holdings can be found at our website's Collections Search facility, so do look here first. It will ensure you get the most from your planned visit.
Offer material to the collections
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.