Imperial War Museum Archives

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  • Address
    • Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, England
  • Opening Hours
    • Monday-Thursday 10.00–13.00, 14.00-17.00 / You can book a morning or afternoon session, or both. / For more information please see:
  • Access Information
      The collections are public records and researchers may search some of the records online or book an appointment at the IWM London Research Room to consult these records.
  • Archival and Other Holdings

    IWM holds almost 20,000 individual collections of important private papers, principally comprising unpublished diaries, letters and memoirs written primarily by British and Commonwealth servicemen since 1914 and by civilians during the two world wars. We also hold documents from victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

    Foreign and Related Documents

    We also look after a large collection of foreign documents, including the official British records of the major war crimes trials conducted at Nuremberg and Tokyo, together with related documents from the Second World War which mainly concern the German and Japanese war efforts.

    The museum archive manages IWM’s own administrative records, which date back to its foundation in 1917.

    IWM's records cover all aspects of the work of IWM, including:

    The development of IWM's Collections

    The planning and design of exhibitions

    The history of the IWM London's building at Lambeth Road

    The acquisition of IWM’s four branches: IWM North, Churchill War Rooms, IWM Duxford and HMS Belfast

    Press, publicity and publications, including past guidebooks

    General policy, operation and activities