IWM (Imperial War Museums) tells the story of people who have lived, fought and died in conflicts involving Britain and the Commonwealth since 1914. Using our unique collections, made up of the everyday and exceptional, we tell vivid personal stories and create powerful physical experiences across our five museums that reflect the realities of war as both a destructive and creative human force.
Our art collection comprises twentieth- and twenty-first-century British art and graphic design, including paintings, posters, prints and drawings, sculpture and photographic and video work. We are the recipient of the majority of artworks commissioned as part of the official government war art schemes of the First and Second World War. In addition, we have commissioned over 30 artists to record the activities of armed forces in peace and war, including the Falklands conflict, the Gulf war, peacekeeping in Bosnia, and current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.