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 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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  • An RAF Chinook helicopter in flight.
    © IWM CT 730


    The United States will host a NATO summit in 2024 to mark the 75th anniversary of the alliance. The archival NATO collection provides a unique insight into the Cold War era.

  • A survivor from a sunk American landing craft being helped ashore, Omaha assault area, 6 June 1944.
    © IWM EA 26319


    The largest seaborne invasion in history, the Normandy Landings were a key turning point in the Second Word War.

  • A large mushroom cloud from a British nuclear weapon test near Christmas Island (Kiritimati) in the central Pacific, late 1950s.
    © IWM TR 65682B

    Nuclear Warfare

    Discover the history of Britain’s nuclear weapons via our collections.

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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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Explore over 1 million items from IWM's collections that tell the story of war and conflict.

Churchill War Rooms Interior Hall
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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
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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.