Become a member and help IWM protect our world-leading collections and historically important sites for generations to come. As a thank you, enjoy a host of benefits including free entry to HMS Belfast, IWM Duxford, Churchill War Rooms – plus much more. Join today.
Our members receive
- 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
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IWM members are helping to:
- Protect over 33.5 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
Enjoy great days out
Please note: This video contains instrumental sound only.
Make the most of free entry to our paid sites:
Get up close to over a century of aviation at IWM Duxford. Walk through the same hangars and buildings as those who served at RAF Duxford, and see aircraft take to the skies from the airfield where Spitfires first flew.
Explore all nine decks of the iconic HMS Belfast, the most significant surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship. Discover personal stories of those who served on board and enjoy new interactive and immersive experiences deep under the Thames waterline.
Walk the top-secret corridors of Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve centre where Britain’s leaders directed the Second World War. Find out about Churchill's remarkable 90-year life and leadership, from his lonely childhood to his military career, two periods as Prime Minister and beyond in the interactive Churchill Museum.
Stories that deserve to be heard
[Morse code tapping out "My name is Bernie Bristol"]
The thing is about communicators when you walk along a street, you can even see a car coming and you'll read the number plate and you'll go to 'do da do do', it's automatic. You get bit bored when you're retired like, you know. What is it television, you sit down, you do a bit of gardening, and you do a bit of this and that and shopping. But as I come on board you get that feeling, it's a smell of the ship, it's beautiful it brings back the old memories.
My name is Bernie Bristol and I was a leading Radio Operator on this ship. I have been coming every Friday for the last year and a half, because I've enjoyed it so much myself. You know doing what I used to do. I teach the children the basic Morse code.
Your name's Robbie!
The Morse is there but to actually do it with the public is like being back in Navy again.
I've had cards from schools to say thank you. I've had children make up Christmas cards with HMS Belfast saying how great the Morse code was. They think all this was all gone now, but it hasn't gone for the old sparkers like myself.
If they take HMS Belfast they won't get rid of me. They can get rid of me, but I'll still be here teaching I love it! Just seeing them go away happy, that's what it's all about.
IWM Volunteer Bernie served on HMS Belfast as a Radio Operator and until recently volunteered regularly on board, bringing the history of the ship to life by sharing his stories with visitors.
Volunteers make an essential contribution to IWM's work - and the support of our members helps ensure we can continue to tell these important stories for generations to come.
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