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Gold watch belonging to a survivor of the sinking of the transport Birkenhead in 1852

Research Enquiries

Last updated: 9 May 2014

The Museum’s research enquiry service is now suspended

The Museum’s research enquiry service will be suspended from 30 April 2014 to 1 September 2014 to enable a major Collection move to be completed. Please see the links below for information on conducting independent research during this period.

Family history

The National Army Museum is not a repository for official service records. If you are researching the military career of a relative, please visit our Family History page for information about what the Museum holds and advice on additional resources available.

Picture Library

From 30 April 2014 to 1 September 2014 the Picture Library service will be suspended. This includes the purchase of digital images or prints from the Museum’s Art, Archives and Photograph collections.

If you wish to submit a request, you must do this from 1 September 2014. If you wish to make a press or media request for images, please contact the Museum press office.

Collection items

Our Online Collection and Online Inventory can be used to identify which Museum objects may help you with your research. Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to any enquiries relating to the Collection until September 2014. Please submit your enquiry to from that time.

Collection loans

The Museum may lend artefacts only to Registered (or the equivalent) museums for special exhibitions, for a maximum period of a year and subject to specific Conditions of Loan.

For information about borrowing items from the Collection, please visit our Guide to Borrowing from the National Army Museum.

Collection donations

If your enquiry is regarding a potential donation to the Collection, please note that we have a limited service at this time. If you don’t receive a response within 20 days, please try again in September 2014, when a full service will resume.

Historical research on our website

We have a range of historical resources online, including:

Information & Enquiries

Contact the General Enquiries desk: