Imperial War Museum London

Imperial War Museum London

Due to Covid-19 the Imperial War Museum (IWM) sites are temporarily closed. Visit the museum website to check on updates and when the sites will be reopened to visitors.

The museum re-opened in July 2014 after a major redevelopment. Brand new First World War Galleries were launched to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The collections at the museum illustrate all aspects of warfare in the twentieth century where British and Commonwealth forces have been engaged.

To find out more about the Imperial War Museum, its collections, research departments, activities, events and school programmes visit the IWM website.


Research Sources at the IWM

Imperial War Museum (press photo)

Extensive research material held by the Imperial War Museum's seven collecting departments can be visited and viewed by making an appointment with the relevant department:

For information about the collections and the Explore History Centre go to the Collections section of the Imperial War Museum website at:

Website: Collections

Website: Research Facilities

Online Search of the Collections

Men of the Border Regiment resting in shallow dugouts near Thiepval Wood during the Battle of the Somme during August 1916. (IWM Q872)
Men of the Border Regiment resting in shallow dugouts near Thiepval Wood during the Battle of the Somme during August 1916. (IWMQ872)

If you wish to search the collections to find out a title of a published book in the Printed Books Department, for example, as in a regimental history, you can go to the IWM Collections Search section on the museum website:

Website: Search

Collections Enquiry Service

A service is available whereby enquiries can be sent to the museum staff who can provide information about the collections. To make an enquiry go to:

Website: (IWM Collections Enquiry Service)

First World War: Search Topics

Visit this page on the IWM website for a wide range of topics, some offering resource material:

Website: First World War

Learning at the IWM

The Education Department at the Imperial War Museum offers a wide range of teaching sessions and resources to help make the visit to the museum a memorable one.

Website: Groups & Schools

Visitor Information

Opening Hours


Location of Imperial War Museum London

Address: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ, England

Telephone: (enquiries) +44 (0)207 416 5000

Fax: (main building) +44 (0)207 416 5374



IWM Sites in the United Kingdom

HMS Belfast

Website: HMS Belfast

Churchill War Rooms

Website: Churchill War Rooms


Website: Duxford

IWM North

Website: IWM North

Related Topic

Reconstructed trench at Memorial Museum Passchendaele, Zonnebeke, Belgium.
trench at Memorial Museum Passchendaele, Zonnebeke, Belgium.

See our listing of World War One related museums and archives on the Western Front and around the world.

WW1 Museums and Archives


Photographs courtesy of the Imperial War Museum London Press Office.