Research is a valued activity at IWM and we are an (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 , 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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Learn more about our Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
BBC Monitoring Archives
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.
Actor Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms during promotion for his film Darkest Hour
Actor Gary Oldman visits Churchill War Rooms, researching his role in Darkest Hour
Curator Consultancy
IWM is a leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present. IWM’s curators are experts in their field and can provide reliable guidance and information for commercial projects such as feature films, documentaries and consumer products.

Research facilities

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Archive & Research Room
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. 
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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.
Collections online
Explore around 800,000 items that tell the story of modern war and conflict, collected by the museum since 1917.