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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]


If you would like to submit a book proposal or simply get some advice, please email a brief outline and some sample material to: [email protected]

Explore IWM's extensive collections

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.
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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. 

Airy’s series of factory paintings demonstrate her mastery of paint; here, the red-hot shells are luminous within the darkened interior – although the workers and the structural elements are equally diligently realised.
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Art And Design

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Massed Spitfires make their way out of Duxford's grass and hard runways, under a rainbow, ready for the finale of the 2022 Battle of Britain Air Show.
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IWM Duxford

50 Years of Duxford Air Shows

The history of flying displays in the United Kingdom dates back to October 1909, when the country witnessed its first ever aviation meeting. Today’s air shows are among the UK’s largest outdoor events, attracting several million spectators each year. And in this Duxford has long been exceptionally prominent.

We take a look back over the past five thrilling decades of Duxford's iconic Air Shows.