IWM is a charity. We are partly funded by the government but rely on the support of our members, volunteers and donors, as well as income from retail and other commercial activities to carry on our work.  

Discover how you can support our historically important sites and help us to continue to tell the stories that deserve to be heard.


  • IWM Membership
    Become a member

    Help us continue to tell the stories that deserve to be heard by supporting us as a member and uncover a host of benefits including free standard admission to Churchill War Rooms, HMS Belfast and IWM Duxford.

  • IWM Premium Membership
    Premium membership

    By supporting us as an IWM premium member you receive additional benefits including discounted entry to Duxford Air Shows and free guided tours at IWM London.

  • Two ladies enjoying Duxford Air Shows Gold Experience
    Members' Portal

    The Members' Portal will help you navigate your membership and is your gateway to all the benefits included in your IWM membership. 

Get Involved

Veterans sit with Duke of Wales at IWM London
Leave a Legacy
By remembering IWM in your will, you are ensuring that personal experiences of conflict live on and remain relevant and accessible for future generations.
A Balloon Site, Coventry
© IWM (ART LD 2750)
Donate Now
Make a donation to IWM and help us to tell the stories of those affected by conflict, launch our ground-breaking exhibitions and deliver our world-class learning programmes. 
Volunteer Nikki in action
Volunteer with IWM
At IWM we are extremely proud to be a volunteer involving organisation with over 1000 volunteers across our five sites. Our volunteers help bring to life the stories of our collections, care for our many significant objects and promote great customer experiences.

Patrons and Partnerships

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Trusts and Foundations
IWM is very grateful to the many trusts and foundations which fund a diverse range of our projects.
overheard photograph of IWM London Atrium for Corporate Event
IWM, Atrium IWM London
Corporate Partnerships
We offer unique corporate sponsorship opportunities for all major exhibitions, spectacular gallery spaces and educational programmes across all five of our branches. 
IWM London, Patrons Tour
Become a Patron
Patrons play an invaluable role in helping IWM to pursue its vision. For their generosity, IWM is pleased to invite patrons to a programme of exclusive events. 

Shop with IWM

Homeware products from the Imperial War Museums shops including a mug that reads While There's Tea There Is Hope

Shop with IWM

The IWM shop stocks a wide range of books, clothing and unique gifts.  

Every purchase helps their stories to be retold.

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Stories that deserve to be heard

Stories that deserve to be heard

IWM Volunteer Bernie served on HMS Belfast as a Radio Operator and now regularly volunteers on board, bringing the history of the ship alive by sharing his stories with visitors.

Volunteers like Bernie make an essential contribution to IWM's work – and your support helps ensure we can continue to tell these important stories for generations to come.

Find out more

Three Auxiliary Territorial Service plotters at a plotting table, Headquarters of 428 Battery, Coast Defence Artillery
© IWM TR 572
About IWM
Discover how IWM was founded and find out more about each of the five museums. 
Exterior view of the Imperial War Museum in its new quarters at Lambeth Road, London, 1937
© IWM (Q 61181)
History of IWM
IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the Great War. 
Imperial War Museum exhibit at Crystal Palace
© IWM (Q 17031)
IWM Governance
IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the First World War. The intention was to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that war – civilian and military – and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society.