The Sikorski Museum is by no means a mainstream museum and is much smaller than other war museums around London, such as the Imperial War Museum.
What is lacks in size, it makes up for in character, and the collectors at the museum have created a collection which is designed to show the Polish cultures influence on the world, in particular during the war.
Inside the museum are a range of photographs, documents and many actual artefacts preserved from the war, which give the story of the war from a Polish perspective, and often visitors find that the story is very different from the westernised version we read in history books and see on the television.
The Institute Archives cover approximately 1.5 kilometres of shelving, including 250 metres of the Polish Underground Movement (1939-1945) Study Trust collections. The majority of the documentation held in the Archives pertain to the period of the Second World War 1939-1945 and Poland's role in it.
Researchers will also find the papers of the Polish Goverment in Exile, residing in London between 1945 and 1990, as well as fragmentary documentation for the inter war period 1918-1939. Please contact the Museum directly on 020 7589 9249.