Research is a valued activity at IWM and we are an Independent Research Organisation (IRO). Our curators actively engage with the academic community in new and challenging ways in order to deepen our understanding of war and its impact and to enrich our public outputs.

You can find out more about our research by visiting our Research blog, or to receive news of current research opportunities please sign up to our academic mailing list.

We also have research facilities to carry out your own research on IWM's collections. 

IWM Research

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IWM Institute
IWM Institute is a new hub to explore and experiment with new ways of deepening public understanding of war and conflict through research, public programming and digital innovation. 
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Seminars and Conferences
IWM regularly hosts and contributes to seminars and conferences in collaboration with a range of academic and cultural institutions. 
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Collaborative Doctoral Awards
IWM supervises several Collaborative Doctoral Award students who are researching their PhDs through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme. We are currently seeking academic partners from UK Higher Education Institutions to co-supervise our 2018 studentships.
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Research Projects
Find out more about current and past research projects led and supported by IWM.
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Research Reports
IWM Research Reports review academic research over the past year.

Research facilities

Collection Research Facilities
At Imperial War Museums, we aim to provide the widest possible access to our outstanding collection, be that printed material, documents, sound, film, photographs or works of art. Details relating to our holdings can be found at our website's Collections Search facility, so do look here first. It will ensure you get the most from your planned visit.
British soldiers and their families standing in front of a plane during the Berlin Blockade 1949
1st Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers arrive at RAF Gatow to relieve 1st Royal Norfolk Regiment in Berlin 1949 © IWM (BER 49-144-024)
Tracing your Family History
The extensive collections of the Imperial War Museums reflect people from all walks of life. This makes us a practical resource to help put the wartime experiences of your relatives into context. Our expert staff have put together these useful guides to help you start your research into your family history, explaining what records you will need and where to find them.