Visitor leaving the Tate Archive special collections store

© James Deavin

You may also find the following arts archive resources helpful in your research.

Access to Archives

The A2A database contains catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales

AIM25 – Archives in London and the M25 area

AIM25 provides access to descriptions of archives held by higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area

Archives Hub

The Archives Hub provides a way of searching the catalogues of over 180 institutions from across the UK.

Artists’ Paper Register

The Artists’ Papers Register provides information on archival collections relating to artists, designers and craftspeople across the UK.

British Cartoon Archive

The British Cartoon Archive is dedicated to the history of British cartooning over the last two hundred years.

British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international cultural relations body.

BFI National Archive

The BFI National Archive is one of the world’s largest moving image collections.

British Library Archives and Manuscripts

Search the British Library’s extensive archive and manuscript collections.

British Library Sound Archive

The British Library Sound Archive covers the entire range of recorded sound from music, drama and literature, to oral history and wildlife sounds.

Henry Moore Institute Leeds

The Henry Moore Institute houses the Leeds Museums & Galleries archive of sculptors’ papers, covering the eighteenth century to the present.

The National Archives

The government’s national archive for England, Wales and the United Kingdom.

National Archives of Scotland

The National Archives of Scotland holds the national records of Scotland, as well as historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies.

The National Gallery Archive

Holds records of the Gallery’s activities from its foundation in 1824 to the present day.

National Register of Archives

The National Register of Archives provides access to descriptions of archive collections across the country that relate to British history.

Royal Institute of British Architects

RIBA’s collection of library and archive material relating to architecture, includes archival collections such as architect’s personal papers, papers of architectural writers, and the administrative archive of RIBA.

Victoria & Albert Museum Archives

The V&A Museum Archives hold collections relating to individuals, associations and companies involved in art and design, Beatrix Potter, and the V&A’s own institutional records.