Please note that during the coronavirus lockdown in England, we are continuing to run a licensing service remotely. Please contact us via email and we will make every effort to supply what you need. Every licence supports IWM, a not-for-profit charity, so thank you for your business. 


IWM has a unique collection covering all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain, the Commonwealth and former Empire countries. It is an unparalleled resource for understanding contemporary warfare and its impact on individuals, communities and nations.

Many of the materials from the IWM's image, sound and film collections are available to license for a range of purposes including publishing, advertising and broadcast media. 

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 email to our licensing teams. They will then get back to you with a quote and can provide additional assistance.  

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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


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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Please read through our Frequently Asked Questions for information regarding: 

    • Searching collections
    • Formats
    • Delivery


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