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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.
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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'.
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
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)
Our constantly growing collection now extends to over 23,000 hours of moving images.
View of St Pauls
IWM holds approximately 11 million photographs covering the cause, course and consequences of modern conflict from the First World War to 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.
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.
A soldier in uniform walks away from the camera at Camp Bastion, the principal British base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
A soldier at Camp Bastion, the principal British base in Helmand Province, Afghanistan (IWM DC 2556)
Contemporary Conflict Collection
Find out more about how IWM's Contemporary Conflict team develops our collections relating to the causes, course and consequences of conflicts since 2001.

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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. 
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.