Archives & Library

What we hold

The Centre’s Library, Archive and Photographic Archive collections are a key resource for the study of British art and architecture of all periods and related subjects.

Particular subject strengths are:

  • British artists (especially from the 18th century)
  • Collections and the History of Collecting
  • The history and development of art history in the UK
  • The Grand Tour
  • The country house

Search our Research Collections

If you would like to search our collections, please visit our online catalogues:

Search the Library

Search the Archives

Search the Photo Archives

Please note, not all of our collections are catalogued. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us.

Visit our collections

If you have consulted our catalogues, and found what you would like to see, please make an appointment to visit our Public Study Room.

Make an enquiry

If you have consulted our web pages and catalogues, and have a question, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of Research Collections staff.

For those unable to visit in person, we are also able to answer brief enquiries about the Research Collections.