Access to the collections

Want to discover more about our collections?

We have thousands of objects on public display in our galleries, but there are several other ways to get up close to our collections.

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Online access

A significant proportion of our collections are accessible online. Explore our growing Online Collection. Search our Inventory for listings of everything we hold. Or head over to the Explore section for fascinating stories illustrated with images of our objects.

Online Collection Inventory Search Explore

Research facilities

We welcome research and study of our collections. Visit the Templer Study Centre to view our extensive archive.

Templer Study Centre
A book from the archive

On display

Many of our objects are on public display at the National Army Museum in Chelsea. Others can be seen outside of the Museum through our wide-ranging programme of national and international loans.

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Access to stored collections

When they are not on display, our collections are stored in a specially designed facility, located just outside London, to ensure they are cared for correctly.

If you would like to access material that is held in our stores, please contact us to arrange an appointment. Most of the collections are accessible with sufficient notice, but there are a few restrictions, usually due to the nature of the object or staff availability.

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Borrowing from the National Army Museum

The National Army Museum supports an ambitious programme of loans. Through sharing our collections with other organisations we can make them available to new and diverse audiences around the world. Our Loans programme helps us tell the story of the British Army through our collection and further knowledge and scholarship about our objects.

We consider external requests for the loan of our collection items. These should come from registered and or accredited institutions, and must adhere to our Conditions of Loan.

Loans Policy Conditions of Outward Loan

    If you would like to borrow any items from the National Army Museum's Collection, please contact the Museum's Registrar. Enquirers must demonstrate that the objects they want to loan will form an essential part of their display.

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