The Cottonian Research Room

The Cottonian Research Room

Home to The Cottonian Collection, our dedicated research area provides space for you to view our collections when they're not on display.

In addition to displaying the historic Cottonian Collection, this room also functions as a research space for public use from Tuesday to Saturday.

Whether you are tracing your family history, working on a school project or researching a PhD thesis, we can make our collections available to you by appointment. There is no charge for this service, however we welcome donations in support of our work.

In line with the Government guidelines, The Box is temporarily closed - but we are planning to re-open on Tuesday 18 May. Bookings for the Research Room will go live on Thursday 18 May at 12pm. We hope the information below will help you plan your visit.

How it works

To make an appointment, you first need to identify what you want to see using our online archives catalogue and collections catalogue and then register with us for an appointment. We can provide up to 5 items per visit. Some items may not appear in the collections catalogue at present as they are awaiting publication clearance, please contact us (details below), if you have any queries.

The Research Room will be open Tuesday-Saturday 1.30pm–4.30pm.

To book your place call us on 01752 308880 or download and complete the booking form and it email to [email protected]. Please read the guidelines in advance of your visit.

While we do our best to make everything available, there are some items within the collection that are restricted for reasons of ethics, safety or fragility. Access to this restricted material, will require enhanced clearance from our curators or archivists. If your request includes restricted items we will be in contact to discuss your requirements.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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