Using our collections

Help stop the spread of Covid-19

To ensure the safety of our visiting researchers and staff we ask that all research visitors wear face masks and gloves at all times in the research room, and adhere to social distancing at 2m+ at all times. Sanitising materials are available in the research room, which is also cleaned following each visit.


Can your research be facilitated remotely?

When you get in touch to discuss your research needs, we will ask whether your needs might be met digitally through remote facilitation. Our collections team may be able in some instances to photograph objects in sufficient detail to answer your research questions, or else hold an online meeting with you to discuss your research questions and to look at the objects together on screen, alongside relevant documentation.


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


Photograph, manuscript, film and sound collections:

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.