The Society of Friends of Imperial War Museums (Friends of IWM) is a charity that aims to advance the education of the public by providing support to the IWM. Founded in 1986, we are currently governed by a separate Council of Management and funded by sales of annual membership fees. Traditionally IWM has supported the Friends in their charitable aims by providing facilities, expertise, membership benefits, and by facilitating sales of membership.

Over the past two years we have been in ongoing discussions with the Imperial War Museums (IWM) about the future of the existing charity and options for current members. While the original proposal to transfer Friends of IWM to IWM did receive a majority vote at our EGM in March 2017, it did not receive the required two thirds of the vote share. As a result the merger was not carried forward at that time.

With the launch of the new IWM Membership scheme in November 2017 we recently asked our members to vote on the following resolution:

In accordance with the constitution of the Charity, by a majority of two thirds of those voting in person or by post, the Charity will be dissolved and the assets and liabilities of the Charity are to be transferred to the Imperial War Museum.

Of those members who responded 91.5% voted in favour of the resolution. We are therefore starting the process of closing the Friends of IWM.


All Friends of IWM with a valid membership card will continue to receive the following benefits until 1st September 2018:

  • Unlimited free entry to exhibitions at IWM London
  • Unlimited free entry to exhibitions at IWM North
  • Free entry to IWM Duxford except on special event days and air shows
  • Unlimited free entry to Churchill War Rooms
  • Unlimited free entry to HMS Belfast
  • A 10% discount in IWM’s shops, cafes and online shop

Transitioning to IWM Membership

Friends that wish to sign up to the new IWM Premium Membership can do so for a discounted rate for the first year, provided their membership has an expiry date of between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018. Life Members can also be transferred to the new scheme for free.


Full details about IWM Premium Membership benefits and upcoming events can be found here. To transition to the new scheme, please speak to a member of staff at admissions or call the IWM Membership team on 0207 091 3000.


For any questions about existing Friends memberships please call the Friends of IWM on 020 7416 5255 or email



  • EGM 2017 Minutes

    Read the EGM 2017 minutes.

  • AGM 2018 Minutes

    Read the AGM 2018 minutes

  • Accounts 2017

    Read the Friends of IWM Accounts 2017

EGM 2018 Documents

  • EGM 2018 Notice

    Read the 2018 EGM Notice

  • Letter from FIWM Chair

    Read the letter from FIWM Chair

  • EGM 2018 FAQs

    Read the FAQs