Research is a valued activity at IWM. 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.

IWM is an Independent Research Organisation (IRO). We have been and continue to be involved in a number of research projects, and work closely with universities and higher education institutions to develop collaborative doctoral studentships. In partnership with academic and cultural institutions, we also regularly host seminars and conferences.

You can find out more about our research by visiting our Research blog.

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Research Resources

  • Research Reports

    IWM Research Reports review academic research over the past year.

  • Research Projects

    IWM has led and collaborated on a number of major research and digitisation projects over the past years.

  • Research Facilities

    We aim to provide the widest possible access to our outstanding collection, find out more about our research facilities. 

  • Collaborative Doctoral Awards

    WM supervises several Collaborative Doctoral Award students who are researching their PhDs through the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award Scheme.

  • Exhibition Proposals

    Guidelines for those interested in exhibiting at IWM.

  • Seminars and Conferences

    IWM regularly hosts and contributes to seminars and conferences in collaboration with a range of academic and cultural institutions. 

  • 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.