Imperial War Museum


Vast collections of material relating to the wars.  Military documents, social information and, for my purposes, lots and lots of ephemera.  The IWM is having a bit of a make-over at the moment so the archive is rather noisy but the staff are helpful and friendly and it’s a very pleasant way to spend a morning.

Opening hours and contact details are here

Search the collections online here

The practical stuff:

Money: The archive is free but photocopying costs money and they can only take card payments for photocopying.  You will also need one English pound for the lockers.

Tea: At the moment, there’s nowhere onsite to get a cup of tea. I’m sure this will be fixed when the museum reopens but my advice is to eat before you go.  Also – there aren’t many cafes immediately near the museum but if you walk to Waterloo (about ten minutes) you’ll be spoiled for choice.  Also, Waterloo has a nice wool shop.


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