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 we remain in ongoing discussions with staff and management at IWM in order to reach an agreement about how this will affect the relationship between Friends of IWM and the IWM. We also remain committed to working alongside IWM in order to ensure a smooth transition for our members. Another EGM is due to be held on 6 March 2018 to put the matter of the future of the charity to the members.


All Friends of IWM with a valid membership card receive the following benefits:

  • 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
  • Despatches, our members’ magazine, December Edition
  • Book exclusive member events
  • A 10% discount in IWM’s shops, cafes and online shop

Any Friends that wish to sign up to the new scheme can do so for an introductory rate for the first year. Please speak to a member of staff at admissions or call the membership team on 0207 091 3000. Life Members can be transferred to the new scheme for free at any of our branches or over the phone.

Contact the Friends office

Friends of IWM
IWM London
Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7416 5255/5372


  • 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