The Polish InstituteAnd Sikorski Museum
Is the largest academic organisation in Western Europe dealing with Polish historical matters, predominantly covering the first half of the 20th century. From its foundation in 1945 until the fall of communism in 1989, the Institute represented one of the few places in the world where the true history of Poland could be learned.
Approximately 2 km of shelves, containing documents dealing with various aspects of Polish history
An extensive collection of artefacts
Film & Sound Archive
Over 1300 reels of film and sound recordings
Photograph, Book & Album Collections
Thousands of photographs, books, chronicles and albums
Our aims include to ‘collect, conserve and promote’; you are welcome to carry out research or to see our exhibits. The extent or our collections often comes as a surprise and we hope that we introduce you to the rich tapestry of Polish History. For some of our visitors we present a journey into a past talked about by their parents and grandparents. For others we present a meeting with tangible relics of the past, which they may have heard or read about. We hope that you will be moved and inspired to find out more.
There is a team of trained guides to assist your visit to our museum and a team of professional archivists and historians to assist you in using our archives.
Whether you are a historian, student or just interested in Polish history, we are sure that you will find something of interest in our collections.
To find out more and see examples of our Institute Collections, please explore below.
We look forward to seeing you.
The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum is a registered charity (no. 312168) and other than funds that we generate through our activities, we are totally reliant on membership, donations and legacies to enable us to carry on with our work.