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Research and study

The Research Centre study area is home to our archive of original source material and reference books, and is available by appointment for personal, professional and academic research.

From Wednesday 23 February 2022, the Research Centre study area will be temporarily closed to researchers wishing to use our archive and library collections.

The closure will be reviewed in March and the Research and Study page will be updated when we are able to re-open.

We are still responding to enquiries about the archive collections, but it will take us longer to respond than usual.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this will cause.

You can find further information about the archives we care for via our online collection and the archive catalogue.

If you have an enquiry about the archive or object collections, please email us at We aim to respond within 20 working days, but responses are currently taking a little longer.

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