Deciding what's right for you

An IWM curator examines a book from the collection

Before contacting the curatorial service, it is worth noting that IWM offers a range of options for individual research. Some guidance on how to access these can be found on our research facilities webpage.

Having decided that curator consultancy is for you, once we receive your enquiry we will send it to our curatorial teams for assessment and feedback.

Research estimate

IWM staff filing documents in the collection

Following the initial feedback, we can arrange a short telephone call with a curator to discuss your project in more detail. This will allow us to drill down into what potential outcomes are expected and what we feel we can deliver.

An estimate will then be provided as to how long the research should take. Subject to your approval, a contract would be issued and an invoice for a proportion of the initial cost. During the research If it appears the work is going to take significantly longer than advised, you will be given the choice if you wish to continue.

Experts in their field

An IWM curator examines a painting from the collection

Our curators are experts in their field and are adept at understanding IWM’s collections. The deliverables will vary depending on the project but potentially can include photographs, film, diaries, personal accounts etc. either from or external to our collections. Whilst these resources will generally be supplied, they are for personal or project use only and are not permitted to be used in any commercial output. Additional agreements may be required to utilise these resources and charges may apply.

Whilst we are more than happy to consider both commercial and private projects, the charges and minimum engagement remain the same.