Give the gift of IWM membership and help protect our world-leading collections and historically important sites for generations to come. Members enjoy a host of benefits including free entry to HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms – plus much more.
The perfect present for history lovers
- Members' Welcome Pack and Welcome Event
- Free entry to our charging sites: IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast
- 10% discount on Duxford Air Show tickets & access to members area. Free entry to Duxford Flying Days.
- 10% discount in shops (online and in branch)*
- Priority booking on selected events & exhibitions
- Regular members' eNews and updates
Buy Gift Membership
Order on or before 11 December to receive a physical gift membership pack in time for Christmas Day.
Digital gift vouchers are also available - perfect for last minute shoppers!
1 Adult Family
1 adult and up to 6 children
2 Adult Family
2 adults and up to 6 children
Activate a Gift Membership
Gift membership vouchers can be redeemed online.
You will need to enter the voucher code which can be found in the top left box of your gift voucher.
You can also redeem your gift voucher over the phone by calling 0207 416 5000, or by visiting us in branch.
We look forward to welcoming you to your IWM membership!
IWM members are helping to:
- Protect over 35.5 million items in our collection, from uniforms and aircraft, to diaries and medals
- Fund our schools programme to ensure the impact of war is never forgotten
- Deliver our exhibitions programme
- Improve wellbeing and connectivity by funding our volunteer programme
Stories that deserve to be heard
This video shows how IWM’s extensive film footage was brought to the big screen for the transformative documentary directed by Peter Jackson. The result changed the way we see the First World War. Your purchase helps ensure we can preserve our collections for future generations and use them to educate and inspire in new and innovative ways.
Diane Lees: "I think my ambition was to get a really nice documentary on BBC One for Remembrance in 2014. The fact that actually we ended up with a worldwide film release in 2018 that reached 300 million people was not where we thought it was going to go. The only fixed thing at that point is we have to do something for young people."
Matthew Lee: "I think what got me into film archiving and curatorship was always the sense of excitement when you when you opened up a can of film and you might have been the first person to view that in 20, 50, 100 years and there's always a tingle of excitement within every film there's a story. In 2013 we decided that we needed to do something big to commemorate the First World War centenary and it was really an opportunity to showcase the material that had been in our collection for over 100 years. The challenge was to get somebody on board who would make that vision a reality."
DL: "I think there are very few film directors that we knew we could take a risk on doing it."
Peter Jackson: "It became apparent that we should try to present the images with as close as we could to what they experienced, and they didn't see the war in black and white. I thought well if we apply the full firepower of our computer technology, let's try and restore this as good as we possibly can, better than anyone's ever done before. Let's see what just how good we can make it and I was amazed how you can take a jerky, shaky, scratchy, black and white film and make it look like something that was shot virtually now."
"I was just turned 17 at the time"
"I was 16."
"I was 15 years"
DL: "There was a moment when I knew we had exceeded everything we expected from this film and that was the moment when I sat in the private view and people gasped. There was that moment of that intake of breath where the horse and the carriage that comes out of the water literally heads towards you. That was the moment where I realized we'd created something that would have both a lasting legacy but also would mean there'd be no complacency in the audience about what they were watching. I think the fact that 300 million people went to see it in its cinema run created a new audience for the museum and it's the museum's responsibility now to make sure that we continue that legacy."
PJ: "I think I can connect with the First World War footage better than I ever have in my life and I've been looking at documentaries and First World War film for 50 years. The one thing that this restoration does is it literally makes the faces of them come alive."
"I gave every part of my youth to do a job."
ML: "I mean They Shall Not Grow Old has changed the way filmmakers I think will now start using archival material. It's not just something that's in aspic and contained. Actually it has a life, it can breathe itself."
DL: "what we have done is use the best of technology now to make it relevant to contemporary audiences in the spirit of the way in which the filmmakers in the First World War made that film for audiences to see."
Gift Membership Frequently Asked Questions
You can choose to have the membership welcome pack and cards delivered either to yourself or directly to the recipient by email or post.
IWM gift vouchers are valid for one year from date of purchase. The recipient can redeem their gift voucher at any point in this 12-month period and their membership will start from the date of redemption.
If you have chosen to receive a membership welcome pack and membership cards in the post, these will be sent to you within 14 working days once your voucher has been redeemed. All members will automatically receive an e-membership card to download as a pass in your phone wallet (Apple or Google Android) allowing access to your membership benefits straightaway. You will also receive an email where you can print your e-membership card.
You will automatically receive an e-voucher when you purchase a gift membership however if you choose to also receive a physical voucher in the post, please allow up to 7 working days for this to be delivered.
If you would like to upgrade your membership you can email us at [email protected] or call us on 0207 416 5000 and we will be able to assist you.
Yes, all purchasers will receive an e-voucher when purchasing online which they will be able to print.
Yes, if the name of the recipient of the gift membership needs to be amended please contact us on [email protected] or phone 0207 416 5000.