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  • Overalls used by Walter Sickert - TGA 8132

    Overalls used by Walter Sickert in France (Tate Archive ref: TGA 8132)

  • A photograph from Vanessa Bell's photograph albums - TGA 9020

    From Vanessa Bell’s photograph albums (Tate Archive ref: TGA 9020)

  • John Piper sketchbooks - TGA 20033

    John Piper sketchbooks (Tate Archive ref: TGA 20033)

  • Fabric designed by Cecil Collins and produced by Edinburgh Weavers - TGA 200015/3/8

    Fabric designed by Cecil Collins and produced by Edinburgh Weavers (Tate Archive ref: TGA 200015/3/8)

  • A metal paintbox used by JMW Turner - TGA 7315/6

    A metal paintbox used by J.M.W. Turner (Tate Archive ref: TGA 7315/6)

  • Donald Rodney's sketchbook - TGA 200321

    Donald Rodney’s sketchbook (Tate Archive ref: TGA 200321)

    Used with permission

  • Paul Nash's camera - TGA 8313/4/8

    Paul Nash’s camera (Tate Archive reference: TGA 8313/4/8)

  • An Audio Arts cassette - TGA 200414

    An Audio Arts cassette (Tate Archive ref: TGA 200414)

    Used with permission

  • Photograph by Eileen Agar, from the TGA Photograph Collection

    Photograph by Eileen Agar, from the TGA Photograph Collection

Tate Archive contains a wealth of material on artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain from 1900 to the present day.

Over one million items that relate closely to Tate’s collection are held, including artworks, sketchbooks, letters, writings, audio-visual material, photographs, printed ephemera and press cuttings.

Archive material is often shown in the Tate galleries, as part of special exhibitions and alongside collection displays.

In the Archive

Major collections include the papers of the artists Naum Gabo, Ben Nicholson, and John Piper, the critics Kenneth Clark and Barbara Reise, the Goupil and Hanover commercial galleries, the Art Fund and Contemporary Arts Society funding bodies, exhibiting bodies such as the New English Art Club and the London Group, and the Fluxus collective and the Bloomsbury Group.

Tate Archive also holds collections of audio-visual material, artist-designed posters and 100,000 photographs of artists and their studios.

Access the Archive

Anyone can search or browse the Archive catalogue online and access the collection in person at the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms. Registration is necessary.

Donations and loans

Tate Archive welcomes gifts, bequests and long-term loans. Material from the Archive can also be lent to approved venues for display .