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.

The research space is available for public use on Tuesday (all day) and Wednesday to Saturday (afternoons only).

When the research space is not in use, visitors can view the historic Cottonian Collection which is on display here.

See the information bar under 'How it works' for full opening times.

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.

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.

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.

If you’re booking into The Box’s Cottonian Research Room to view our collections, you can purchase a daily, weekly or annual licence in advance in order to take photographs of our items for your own personal use.
Please bring your e-receipt with you to your appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Alternatively, call us on 01752 308880.

Research Room hours:
Tuesday 10am-1pm and 1.30pm–4.30pm
Wednesday to Saturday 1.30pm–4.30pm
Please read the guidelines below in advance of your research visit.
Gallery hours:
Wednesday to Saturday 10am-1pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

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