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The museum welcomes anyone who wishes to study its stored collections and archives on pre-booked research visits but we are unable to provide research visits at short notice or without an appointment.
Please note that from 16 July to 30 September inclusive the Curatorial team will be unable to offer any research visit appointments due to preparatory work on the new Museum of London project. Please get in touch in October for appointments after that date.
In addition, due to a major collections audit and information upgrade in preparation for the Museum of London’s move to West Smithfield, the Dress and Textiles collection will remain closed to researchers until at least the end of 2019.
To make an appointment please complete a Research Visit Request Form (Word 158kb, opens in new window). To help us deal with your request efficiently, you should be as specific as possible about what you wish to see and why. Once you have completed the form please send it to the general Museum of London enquiry email address at [email protected].
Please note each collection has a different notice period for access. If you are unsure which collection you wish to study, visit the pages about the collections to find out more.
No appointments available between 16 July and 30 September. Please contact us in October for appointments after that date. Note that Dress and Textiles will remain closed until at least the end of 2019.
Research visits must be booked in advance with at least 4 weeks’ notice. Appointments are available Tuesday - Thursday, from 10am to 4pm. This collection is based at Mortimer Wheeler House, our store in Hackney.
Research visits to the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology are not currently possible, but osteological data for research will be accessible online as normal.
Advance notice of 3-4 weeks is recommended, with appointments currently available on Thursdays only. Both archives are based in the Sainsbury Study Centre at the Museum of London Docklands.
The Museum of London Library is a last resort, reference-only collection of books, maps and periodicals. Research visits are available Tuesdays and Thursdays but these have to be booked in advance. Please send your library-related enquiries to the general Museum of London email address.
The Museum of London business archive holds records of the museum and its predecessor institution, the London Museum. It also holds some records related to its other predecessor institution the Guildhall Museum, but most of these are held at London Metropolitan Archives. Please note that most of the business archive is uncatalogued. Research visits are available Tuesdays and Thursdays but these have to be booked in advance. Please send your business archive-related enquiries to the general Museum of London email address.
Once your form is received we will reply within 20 working days to arrange an appointment. You will need to reply within two weeks to confirm the booking, or agree an alternative date. If you subsequently have to cancel an appointment, please let us know.
On your first visit you must bring two forms of identification, proof of your name with signature and proof of address. Please see the list below and note that documents need to be originals.
All visits will also be subject to the terms published on the reverse of the Research visit request form, which you will be asked to sign on arrival.
During your visit you may be permitted to make reproductions (photographs, films and photocopies) of items for private study and non-commercial research. Please be aware that it may not be possible to reproduce certain collections because of copyright legislation, handling restrictions or other reasons.
If you wish to photograph or film items during your visit please complete an Agreement for Non-Professional Reproduction of Objects (Word 50kb, opens in new window) before your visit and submit it with the Research Visit request form.
Photocopying of appropriate material will be charged at 10p per A4 page and 20p per A3 page.
The museum is able to make archival documentation relating to objects available. However, this needs to be requested when arranging an appointment, as the use of records is invigilated. Documents may be restricted or redacted, as they are subject to compliance with the Freedom of Information and the Data Protection Acts.
On your first visit you must bring two forms of original identification, copies are not acceptable. Please select one from each of the two lists below. The museum will not make copies of these documents.
Proof of name with signature
Proof of address
Please note that from 16 July to 30 September inclusive the Curatorial team will not be able to answer any enquiries by email or telephone, offer any research visit appointments, or undertake identifications. This is due to preparatory work on the new Museum of London project. We apologise for any inconvenience.