Using our collections


Important information regarding access to research collections in 2024

Please note that our off-site stores (object collections only) will not be accessible from March –  July 2024 due to a major store move. We will advise you as to whether this is likely to impact your planned research when you get in touch to discuss a visit. Please also be aware that these dates might change slightly depending on the progress of the move project.



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To discuss your research needs and how they might be met online or on site, please email the relevant collections department:

(Please note that we request all visits to consult object collections be booked 4-6 weeks in advance.)

Photograph, manuscript, film and sound collections:

(Please note that we request all visits to consult photograph and manuscript collections be booked 2-3 weeks in advance, if possible.)

If you are applying for grant funding to work with the Museum’s collections, please contact us in advance to check that this will be possible within your timeframe and to quote for any photographic costs. 

Access for visitors with additional needs

Parking spaces can be provided for researchers with restricted mobility, if advance notice is given. Level access to the Museum is via the south entrance on Robinson Close, off South Parks Road.

Access to the research room on the first floor is either via lift or stairs. To ensure suitable arrangements are made to view material, please notify staff in advance if you have restricted mobility or other needs.