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Research visits

We are now open for research visit applications. Please be aware that we are still operating under a limited capacity, so waiting times for research visits may be longer than expected. Some social distancing practices may be in place during your visit.

Closed collections

The Dress and Textiles, Photography, Painting, Prints & Drawing collections are closed to researchers due to a major collections audit as part of the New Museum project.

Centre for Human Bioarchaeology is closed to researchers, but osteological data for research is accessible online.

Making an appointment

To make an appointment please complete a Research Visit Request Form (Word 160kb, 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].

We regret that we cannot proceed with applications that do not come with a form attached. After receiving the application, we will liaise with you on possible dates for your visit. Any applications to see objects in the Dress and Textiles, Photography, Painting, Prints & Drawing collections will be denied until further notice due to a major collections audit.

Please note that not all our collections are held at the Museum of London, London Wall.

History and Archaeology collections

Mostly stored at the Museum of London, London Wall, or at Mortimer Wheeler House store in Hackney.

Museum of London Archaeological Archive

Based at Mortimer Wheeler House, our store in Hackney.

Centre for Human Bioarchaeology

Closed to researchers.

Port and River Archive and Sainsbury Archive

Both archives are based in the Sainsbury Study Centre at the Museum of London Docklands.

Museum's Library collections

Based at the Museum of London, London Wall. The museum library is a last resort, reference-only collection of books, maps and periodicals. Researchers are welcome to contact us for information about items in our collection which may not be broadly available in other libraries.

Museum Business Archive

The business archive at London Wall 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.

Confirmation and cancellation

Once your form is received it will be passed to the appropriate curator to agree a mutually convenient date. If you subsequently have to cancel an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible.

The research visit

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.

Photography and reproductions

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.

Commercial reproduction requests should be submitted to the Picture Library at [email protected] or, in the case of the Archaeological Archive, discussed with the Archivist at [email protected].

Photocopying of appropriate material will be charged at 10p per A4 page and 20p per A3 page.

Archival documents relating to collections

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.

Identification requirements

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

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Bank card
  • Credit card
  • National ID card
  • Police/Customs/Home Office/warrant card
  • Forces ID card
  • Sea /Air Masters licence
  • Government/local council staff ID

Proof of address

  • Utility bill
  • Bank/building society statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Council tax bill
  • Council payment book
  • Council rent card or tenancy agreement
  • HM Revenue and Customs statement
  • National ID card with address
  • Driving licence with address
  • Home Office permit to stay
  • University certificate for hall of residence (stamped and signed by institution)
  • TV licence
  • Firearms licence
  • Home insurance policy
  • Benefit/Family Credit Book
  • Pay slip (where employer’s and employee’s addresses are stated)
  • State pension book