Due to constraints placed on our services by Covid-19, we are not currently able to offer appointments to external researchers. We hope to resume this service by the end of the year, but due to these uncertain times we cannot guarantee a date. Please check back to this page for updates.
The information on this page relates to our usual procedures regarding accessing the collections. Research visits are currently suspended due to Covid-19. The following information is a reference for the future only.
Dress and Textiles collection is closed to researchers due to a major collections audit as part of the New Museum project.
Making an appointment
The museum welcomes anyone who wishes to study its stored collections and archives on pre-booked research visits. We are currently operating a reduced service due to work on the New Museum project. Appointments are available on Thursdays only. We recommend booking at least 4 weeks in advance.
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 that not all our collections are held at the Museum of London, London Wall .
Mostly stored at the Museum of London, London Wall, or at Mortimer Wheeler House store in Hackney.
Based at Mortimer Wheeler House, our store in Hackney.
Closed to researchers.
Both archives are based in the Sainsbury Study Centre at the Museum of London Docklands.
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.
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.
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
- 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