RUSI Library
of Military History
Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET
T: 020 7747 2604
Librarian: Laura Dimmock-Jones

For all enquiries please email the librarian. We aim to respond within three working days.

Useful links

The following links provide further information if you wish to undertake wider research into military history.


Access 2 Archives
The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day.

Australian War Memorial
Online collections relating to Australia’s military history and the starting place for research into Australia’s armed forces.

British Library
The British Library contains fourteen million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles in addition to significant manuscript collections, including the India Office archives which contain important material on the Indian Army.

Churchill College Archives Centre
Home to the papers of Sir Winston Churchill and to over 570 collections of personal papers and archives documenting the history of the Churchill era and after.

Command and General Staff College Combined Arms Research Library US (Digital)
Online catalogue

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Searchable database of all commonwealth soldiers who died during the First and Second World Wars.

The Copac library catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of many major University, Specialist, and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library

Gazettes Online
A searchable database of London Gazette entries. Information on British armed forces promotions, medal awards and citations.

Imperial War Museum Collections
The Imperial War Museum has an unparalleled collection of books, documents, photographs, film and sound covering all aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain and the Commonwealth.

Internet Archive
Online texts and archives

Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King’s College, London
The Centre holds the private papers of over 700 senior defence personnel who held office from 1900 onwards.

Liddle Collection, University of Leeds
Large collection of first-hand individual experiences of the First and Second World War. The archive includes original letters and diaries, official and personal papers, photographs, newspapers and artwork, as well as written and tape-recorded recollections.

National Army Museum Templer Study Centre
The Templer study centre provides access to the museum’s archives, photograph, film and sound collections.

National Library of Scotland
Contains important manuscript and book collections, including the papers of Sir Douglas Haig.

National Maritime Museum Archive Catalogue
Catalogue of the archive collections held at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

RAF Museum, Hendon
Collection of archives and books relating to the Royal Air Force’s history

The National Archives, Kew, UK
The National Archives is the official archive of the UK Government. It contains a large and important collection of official records relating to the UK’s military history and the service papers of many of those soldiers who served in the ranks of the UK’s armed forces. The website provides detailed research guides and an online searchable catalogue.

UK National Inventory of War Memorials
The UK National Inventory of War Memorials provides a database of an estimated 70,000 war memorials situated throughout the UK.  

University research

Centre for Intelligence and International Security Studies (Aberystwyth)

Centre for War Studies (Birmingham)

Centre for War Studies (Dublin)

Centre for Maritime Historical Studies (Exeter)

Department of War Studies (King’s College)

War Studies (Wolverhampton)


Army Records Society

British Commission for Military History

International Society for First World War Studies

Society for Army Historical Research


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