Project work is critical to the delivery of IWM’s objectives. We are currently working on several important projects and these are detailed in our Corporate Plan.

Our highest organisational priority is the First World War Centenary Programme, which will see IWM mark the centenary of the Great War in 2014–2018 by leading a vibrant, four year programme of cultural activities across the country. This included the opening of brand new First World War Galleries and an enhanced atrium space at IWM London in 2014, the first in a series of long term redevelopment plans which will transform our flagship branch

There are other important projects underway across our branches. This activity demonstrates our focus on audiences and innovation, our capacity to evolve and how we seek to use our resources efficiently and effectively.

We work in collaboration with a broad range of partners and this activity brings many benefits:

  • Reaching broader audiences nationally and internationally 
  • Widening access to our existing collections 
  • Bringing the opportunity to build our collections 
  • Increasing our knowledge and understanding of our collections 
  • Sharing ideas, skills and resources 
  • Building capacity within the museums sector and beyond 

Our First World War Centenary Programme is an example of our approach to working in partnership with a broad range of different organisations.

We have also collaborated with academic colleagues on a number of research projects.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the IWM, please read our Exhibition Guidelines.  


Sharing knowledge and expertise

We share our knowledge and expertise with colleagues in the sector in different ways.

We provide advice through specific project-based partnerships, such as the First World War Centenary Partnership and Challenging History

We act as mentors to other museum professionals helping them gain Associate Membership of the Museums Association

We present in conferences across a variety of subjects that represent our collections, research and other areas of expertise; as well as participate in forums, such as the Libraries & Archives Group, the Visitor Studies Association etc.

For more information on collaboration between national museums, you can read this leaflet by the National Museum Directors' Council.

Projects and Partnerships list

  • Contemporary Conflicts Programme

    IWM's project to collect and tell the stories of contemporary conflict

  • First World War Centenary Partnership

    The First World War Centenary Programme is a vibrant global programme of cultural events, exhibitions and activities, and online resources that connect current and future generations with the lives, stories and impact of the First World War.

  • German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Film

    German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (1945/2014) is the British Ministry of Information documentary about German atrocities and the concentration camps. 

  • IWM Short Film Festival

    IWM Short Film Festival is a showcase of imaginative and challenging films, inspired by the causes, course and consequences of conflict and its impact on people’s lives. 

  • IWM Youth Advisers

    We are a unique, enthusiastic group of young people aged 14-19 who work at Imperial War Museums to inspire the next generation.

  • Lives of the First World War

    IWM’s Lives of the First World War tells the stories of individuals from across Britain and the Commonwealth who served in uniform and worked on the home front. 

  • Make Film, Make History

    Make Film, Make History was an EU funded partnership project in 2016 working with young adults (aged 18-24) from all over the UK, Germany and Denmark.

  • New Perspectives: Lesser Known Histories of the First World War

    With the New Perspectives project, IWM London challenges young people to take a new perspective on the First World War, inspired by our collections. 

  • Putting Art on the Map

    Putting Art on the Map was a 2014 collaboration between Imperial War Museums, Historypin and University of Edinburgh to enable the public to explore and enrich IWM's First World War art collection.

  • The WW1 Centenary Exhibition

    The WW1 Centenary Exhibition will draw broadly on narratives in the critically acclaimed new First World War Galleries at IWM London. 

  • Young Reporters

    The Young Reporters project aimed to increase local awareness of IWM London and encourage more museum visits from families in our local community by actively involving young people in the transformation of the museum.

  • Build the Truce

    Build The Truce was a four year cross-site project, taking the idea of 'truce' as a first step toward resolving conflict.

  • War Memorials Register

    The IWM is compiling the War Memorials Register - the comprehensive national register of UK war memorials and the names of the individuals they commemorate. 

  • American Air Museum Online Archive

    The American Air Museum website records the stories of the men and women of the US Army Air Forces (USAAF) who served their country from the UK in the Second World War. It also records the memories of the British people who befriended them.