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

To license and request 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).  

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

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

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Licensing and Policies

  • Policies

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

    • Advertising 
    • Colourisation
    • Fees
  • 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. 


    Non-Commercial Use


    Commercial Use

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for information regarding: 

    • Searching collections
    • Formats
    • Delivery


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