Contact us for high quality reproductions from IWM's unique collections, including photography, footage and oral history recordings, alongside research help and advice to support your licensing needs. Providing content primarily for media-buying professionals, our experienced team are working remotely and available to discuss your projects.

To request and license digital files please browse IWM Collections to identify the catalogue numbers of the items you would like to order and provide details of intended use via the order form or in an email to our licensing teams (see below).  

To download time-coded screeners and order HD clips please register on IWM Film, our dedicated film website.

The current online selection represents a fraction of the millions of objects held by IWM. If media is not available on the object record, please contact us and we can, if necessary, arrange new photography or digitisation on demand.

All our net revenue goes to support IWM, and its commitment to ensuring the collection is freely accessible.

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    First World War

    Explore our First World War collections 

  • The Falkland Conflict: A soldier of 3 Battalion, Parachute Regiment silhouetted against the sunset at Windy Gap.© IWM FKD 2750
    The Falkland Conflict: A soldier of 3 Battalion, Parachute Regiment silhouetted against the sunset at Windy Gap. © IWM FKD 2750


    As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Falklands Conflict, explore our collections related to what happened. 

  • Dr Carrot', a bright orange bespectacled carrot, skips left to right carrying a top hat and a doctor's briefcase marked 'Vit- A'.  Text reads 'Doctor Carrot, the children's best friend'
    © IWM Art.IWM PST 8105

    Home Front

    Explore what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War.

Licensing and Policies

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    If you have not licensed content from us before, please read through our policies for information regarding:

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  • Types of Licence

    There are two licensing options, please read the following information to determine which licence applies to you. A small minority of our collection items are not available under the non-commercial licence due to copyright being held by a third party. 


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Collections online

Explore around 800,000 items that tell the story of modern war and conflict, collected by the museum since 1917.
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Commercial filming locations

Our locations provide commercial film, TV, photography and creative advertising shoot experiences that engage emotions and tell many different stories.
Actor Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms during promotion for his film Darkest Hour
Actor Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms, researching his role in Darkest Hour

Curator Consultancy

IWM is a leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present. IWM’s curators are experts in their field and can provide reliable guidance and information for commercial projects such as feature films, documentaries and consumer products.