Archive Company Profiles

Imperial War Museums

IWM’s unique collections covers all aspects of conflicts in which British, Commonwealth or former Empire countries have been involved since the start of the twentieth century.

Comprising more than 11 million photographs, the collection is notable for works of art from the British government war art schemes and a constantly growing film and sound archive, representing a wide and diverse range of material from public and service information films, documentaries and unedited combat film, through to official newsreels and amateur films.

IWM has a team of experienced film curators who offer assistance to commercial researchers. Registered users of IWM Film can save collections, create clips and request notifications when newly digitised IWM films are uploaded that fit their search criteria.

Please contact us to discuss your research or to obtain a quote for licence fees and supply costs..

Company Information
Imperial War Museums
Lambeth Road
Jane Fish / Fiona Kelly
+44 (0)20 7091 3171
Alt Phone:
+44 (0) 207 416 5292

Footage Categories
  • Archival/Newsreel
  • Archival/Newsreel
  • Other
  • Personalities
Licensing Options
  • Rights Managed
Formats Available
  • High Definition
  • Standard Definition

First World War, World War 1, Second World War, World War 2, Cold War, NATO, Social history, amateur films, women, Berlin Wall, propaganda, record footage, British Army Film and Photographic Unit, RAF, Royal Air Force Production Unit, British Ministry of Information, Central Office of Information, Ministry of Defence, Holocaust, Bergen-Belsen, concentration camps, liberation, official newsreel, training films, instructional films, personalities, battles, aircraft, ships, armoured fighting vehicles, animals, evacuation, Blitz, victory celebrations, VE day, VJ day, atomic weapons, Indian newsreels, tanks, troops, trenches, nurses, WRNS, WRAC, ATS, Home Front, rationing, salvage, bombing, D-Day, military operations, recruiting, Atlantic convoys, Arctic convoys, Desert warfare, Churchill, Montgomery Burma, India, Channel Islands, France, Belgium, Germany, Western Front.
Expert curatorial support for film access and research. Detailed film metadata. Online film viewing and free download screener offer.Limited film digitization on request. Related photograph collection. Other media available for licensing.