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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'.


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.
A cameraman of the RAFFPU poses, focussing a Bell & Howell Eyemo 35mm film camera with a telephoto lens.
© IWM CH 13069


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.

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Donate objects to the collection

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.
The IWM Duxford Conservation Team removing wing bolts
IWM, Conservation in Action IWM Duxford

Collections Care

Find out how IWM is safeguarding our collection for future generations.
Gassed by John Singer Sergeant
© IWM (Art.IWM ART 1460)

IWM Loans programme

Our loans programme is one of the ways IWM shares its collections, knowledge and skills with organisations worldwide. IWM lends material from its exceptional collections to museums across the UK and abroad.