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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.

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

The Research Centre study area will re-open on 15 June 2022. Researchers wishing to use our archive and library collections need to pre-book a research slot.

Making a booking

Please email the Archives team to discuss your research plans at least 7 days before the date you would like to visit. A link to the booking page will be provided once we have confirmed your plans with you.

Appointments are available on Wednesdays only, 11.00–12.30, 13.30–15.00 and 15.30–16.30. Appointments are limited to one slot per person per day. If you think that you will need to request more than one research slot on the same day, please mention this when you email the Archives team to discuss your plans.

You must also pre-book the archive material you want to consult. If you can, please tell us what you want to see when you first contact us. If this is not possible, when your booking is complete, the Archives team will contact you to find out what you want to see.

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

When you visit

A safe and enjoyable experience is still our top priority. In line with government guidance, wearing a face covering while working in the Research Centre study area is not compulsory, although as the Research Centre study area is an enclosed space, we encourage you to wear a face covering during your visit.

Our visitor lockers are not currently in use. Please limit the number of personal items you bring with you to the Research Centre. You may bring a laptop or tablet, a phone or camera, a notepad and a pencil with you.

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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