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. You can search our holdings through Collections Search before you arrive, to make sure you get the most from your planned visit.

Should you wish to visit us in order to consult in more depth one or more items from the collection, we offer the following services.

 

IWM Library stacks showing files
© IWM
IWM London
Library & Research Room
To access our documents and sound archive, library, digital resources and IWM administrative records, please make an appointment for the Research Room at IWM London (advanced booking is essential).
Overlapping photographs of German lines being studied
© IWM (Q 8533)
IWM London
Photograph research
To research our photograph collection please book an appointment for the Research Room at IWM London (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only. Advanced booking is essential.)
Explore History sign on a brick wall
©IWM
IWM London
Explore History
Explore History is a drop-in work space at IWM London, with a selection of books and resources about war and conflict from the First World War to the present day. You do not need to make an appointment to visit and use this space.
Colourised footage artistic rendition 2018 - THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD by WingNut Films with Peter Jackson.  Original black and white film © IWM
Colourised footage artistic rendition 2018 - THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD by WingNut Films with Peter Jackson. Original black and white film © IWM
IWM London
Film research
For commercial film researchers, we have a team of experienced specialist curators who can offer assistance.
IWM Duxford
Object research
IWM's collection of three-dimensional objects includes uniforms and equipment, weapons and ammunition, orders, medals and decorations, flags, insignia and ephemera. Please note that much of this material is held at IWM Duxford and has to be viewed there.
IWM London
Works of art
We are transforming our research and access offer, which means that at present we are unable to accommodate requests to view artworks and posters in store. It is our ambition to facilitate access in the near future and we will review this over the course of 2019.