October Conference
Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture,
600 - 1500
Tickets available

Details for autumn research seminars coming soon

Please note that due to events there may be Public Study Room Closures


Due to planned building works, the Paul Mellon Centre will close to the public from Friday 24 October 2014 to the end of June 2015. The Public Study Room and associated enquiry service will not be available for use during this period.
The Centre's other departments will continue to work as usual and respond to enquiries by email.

For more details please click here.


Recent Publications

  • William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography, In The Olden Time Victorians and the British Past,Ham House
    William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography, In The Olden Time Victorians and the British Past,Ham House
  • Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage,The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, Imperial Gothic Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture
    Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage,The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, Imperial Gothic Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture
  • in the British Empire, 1840-1870, Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales, Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter
    in the British Empire, 1840-1870, Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales, Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter



Accessing the Collections

Please note that because of building work in Bedford Square, you may experience some noise disruption in the Public Study Room and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

The Paul Mellon Centre Library, Archives and Photographic Archive are
open by prior appointment. Access to all collections is provided, in the first instance, in the Public Study Room. If you require an appointment in the next 48 hours, please call 020 7580 0311. If you would like to book further in advance, please email  collections@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk.  In your email, please include the following information:

1. The date and time of your proposed visit
2. Whether you have been before and completed a Reader Agreement Form 
3. Your general area of research
4. For archive and photographic archive collections: details of the material you would like to consult (collection name, file title and, where applicable, reference number). You may request 10 items per retrieval.

Public Study Room opening hours are Monday to Friday:

Library Collections: 10.00 - 17.00

Archive Collections: 10.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00

Photographic Archive Collections: 10.00 - 17.00

Please note, the Public Study Room is occasionally closed to accommodate lectures and conferences (click here for details of forthcoming closures). The Collections are closed once a year for an annual stocktake. Please see the Public Study Room Closures page for details.

On your first visit you will be asked to complete a Reader Agreement Form. Please bring some personal identification with you when you come (a driving licence, student card, passport, bank card are all acceptable). All readers must observe the Rules of the Public Study Room including, in particular, using only pencil or laptop to take notes. Readers are welcome to plug in their own laptops and take advantage of wireless internet access.

Large bags should be left in the lockers provided. You will need a one pound coin to operate the lockers. The coin is refunded after use.

Please note that there is no café at the Centre, nor are there facilities for consuming your own food or drink.

 

To search the online catalogues:

Click here for Library and Photographic Archive material

Click here for Archive material

 

For group tours:

Click here for Group Tour Booking Form

Click here for Booked Group Tour Visitors' Information

Please note: your booking is only secured once you have received a confirmation email from the Collections team at the Centre.