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 not on display, our collections are stored in a specially designed facility, located just outside London. If you would like to access material held in our stores, please contact us at info@nam.ac.uk​​​​​​ to arrange a viewing. Access is free and by prior appointment only.

​​​​Access is available from Tuesday to Friday: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Requests must be made at least ten working days in advance and will be accommodated subject to availability.

Researchers can view up to eight items in each session. Exceptions may be made for groups of medals, badges, and prints and drawings at our discretion. Extra items cannot be requested during the research visit. All requests for material must be made in advance of the booked viewing appointment. Please include the collections inventory description and provide object numbers when making a request.

To further assist your enquiry, please provide potential dates and times you are available.

If you have any special needs, please include your access requirements at the point of request, so we can ensure your needs are met.

Terms of access

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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