Use our Museum for those investigations you’ve always wanted to carry out!Some open books on a table in a library

Limited access by appointment only.


Prior booking is essential.

See the list of documents available.

Bookings should be made at least seven days before the proposed visiting date and can be made by e-mail or telephone 01884 256295.


Type of visit Notes Fee (inclusive of VAT where applicable)
One off visit Assistance by staff is free for the first half hour, and then research fees apply. (£8.50) + research fee if appropriate

Membership entitles you to 5 free visits to the library

(Assistance by staff is free for the first half hour, then research fees apply.)

Inclusive in membership cost
Passes to research library for members Unlimited visits for the rest of the membership year £18
Research fee Staff time for helping with research enquiries (for helping researcher in person) £8.50 per hour
Research fee Staff time for helping with remote enquiry* £10 per hour

*Research for researchers who are not able to visit the museum will incur a charge. Please contact the Research Library to discuss your query. We ask for an initial payment (same as our admission fee), we will then undertake the research. (Please allow 14 days after the payment for a reply). Enquiries that take longer than half an hour will be charged at £10 per hour. Payment can be made via cheque or PayPal (please notify the research team when payment has been made). Once payment is received we will send you the results of the research via email.