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We reopen in summer 2020

New library and study room

Our new Collections library will offer unrivalled access to the Museum's collection. It is a space for academic researchers, students and curious visitors.

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All in one space

We will offer a variety of different categories of collection for study. We are bringing together library, print room and archive and object collections as far as possible.

Here you will be able to consult

  • library and archive materials
  • paper-based collections
  • small objects

Welcoming space

We aim to provide a holistic research experience in a welcoming space.

We will offer access to digital and online resources relating to the study of home as well as access to the collections:

  • printed books
  • manuscript material
  • archive material including
  • photographs
  • audio and film oral history interviews
  • prints
  • wallpaper and textile samples
  • portable objects, including ceramics, glass and metalwork


We will be open Tuesday to Friday with up to 12 pre-bookable spaces. The library and study room can also cater for group study sessions.


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