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IWM Publishing produces accessible books about war and conflict and its impact on people's lives, drawing on the unparalleled expertise and archives of the museum.

Our award-winning list is produced by our in-house publishing team and is distributed all over the world.

Books include exhibition catalogues, histories, gift books and guidebooks. IWM also works in partnership with other publishers to produce authoritative titles on war and conflict.

Browse IWM books on the IWM Shop website.

Trade sales and distribution

IWM books sell internationally through our distributors.

In the UK and Europe - email Simon Perks at Unicorn Publishing on: [email protected]

In the USA - email University of Chicago Press on: [email protected]

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For questions relating to IWM's publishing, please contact customer services.

Explore IWM's range of books

Browse our range of books and publications on conflict from the First World War to the present day. 

You can purchase books from the IWM Online Shop.

Conservator Phil Young stands in front of a section of John Singer Sargent's artwork 'Gassed' holding a cotton bud-like implement, carrying out conservation work.
Art.IWM ART 1460 © Factum Foundation for Imperial War Museums

Gassed by John Singer Sargent

John Singer Sargent's iconic artwork, Gassed, is on permanent display in IWM London's Blavatnik Art, Film and Photography Galleries. The much-loved First World War painting has undergone significant conservation work which has revitalised and transformed the viewing experience of the artwork. 

Black and white portrait of a member of the Liberian football team the Millennium Stars at a training pitch in Monrovia, Liberia, May 1999.
© IWM (DC_066175)
Contemporary conflict

In pictures: Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington (1970–2011) wanted to tell people’s stories in a variety of ways. During his career he produced work as a photojournalist, humanitarian and award-winning film director, but his primary tool of communication was photography. A selection of his photographs are brought together in the latest book in the IWM Photography Collection series.

Interior of a factory - workers stand at their stations. Shells in production are visible.
© IWM Art.IWM ART (4032)
Arts and Culture

Visions of War: Art of the Imperial War Museums

Imperial War Museums hold one of the most significant collections of British art anywhere in the world. It includes around 16,000 works of fine art. Here we explore ten works from various eras of conflict, by artists who breathe life into discussion of war and conflict, their work offering new ways into ideas and subjects that can, at times, be challenging. 

The grave of Betty Stevenson of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) tended by a member of the QMAAC at a graveyard in Étaples, France, 10 March 1919.
© IWM Q_008028
First World War

War Photographers

The IWM Photograph Archive covers over 100 years of war and conflict. The five photographers featured in War Photographers - IWM Photo Collection represent professional war photography and reveal how photographs have shaped the way we visually understand the events of the twentieth century. 

Nightly blackouts at Piccadilly Circus in 1940 during the Blitz.
© IWM D (000712)
The Blitz

The Blitz in photographs

The Blitz and its vivid collection of photographs is the sixth title in the new series showcasing the best of IWM’s photography collection and is available to buy from the IWM Shop. 

These striking photographs tell the stories of those who experienced the Blitz and highlight the bravery and determination of civilians in wartime Britain.

The V bombers in flight together from RAF Gaydon, January 1958.
© IWM RAF T 0531
Second World War

Bomber Command in pictures

From 1936 to 1968, RAF Bomber Command was responsible for Britain's bomber forces. It played a central role in the strategic bombing of Germany during the Second World War. This striking collection traces Bomber Command through each stage of its development.