Containing more than one million items, Tate Archive is the largest archive of British art in the world. Within it, you can search catalogued items and digitised resources on artists, art world figures and art organisations that document the history of fine art practice in the UK.
This includes over 900 individual archives containing fascinating letters, moving diaries and writings, stock books and exhibition histories from artist-run spaces and commercial galleries.
Tate Archive also holds material related to all aspects of British and international art, such as: documentary photographs of artists and their studios; installation shots of exhibitions; interviews, talks and lectures by artists; audio-visual items; photographs; printed ephemera; press cuttings; and objects ranging from Naum Gabo’s maquettes to a toasted sandwich sent through the post!
You can collate items from archives published online into a digital Album, which can be shared with friends and published on Tate’s website. To find out more about the stories behind Tate’s archives, explore the Animating the Archives film series.
The Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms are located on the lower ground floor of Tate Britain (just behind the cloakroom) staffed by an enthusiastic and dedicated team.Explore the Archive Collections
What does the word archive mean to you? Watch this short film to hear from artists, gallery volunteers, and history experts about the sorts of things you can find in archives.