Archive Gallery

Uncover the stories behind Tate and its collection via artwork and items from our archives

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Archive Gallery © Tate Photography

Occupying a space at the centre of Tate Britain within the foundation of the oldest part of the building’s structure, the Archive Gallery draws on Tate's vast archive of artworks, sketchbooks, letters, photographs and other fascinating material.

Changing exhibitions organised by archivists, curators and artists showcasing treasures from the archive are shown in the main spaces of the Archive Gallery. A more permanent display about the history of Tate Britain and the site it stands on can be found in the circular 'Drum' gallery at the centre of the space.

Tate Archive holds over a million items relating to artists, art world figures and art organisations in Britain from 1900 to the present day. Collection highlights include papers created by Francis Bacon, Kenneth Clark Barbara Hepworth, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland and Walter Sickert.

Photograph of a display in the Archive Gallery at Tate Britain

The Archive Gallery with Paul Noble’s inaugural display, Past the Future
© Tate Photography

Photograph of a visitor looking at the display in Archive Gallery

A visitor explores the history of Tate Britain in the 'Drum' Archive Gallery

Opening times

Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

The Archive Gallery is open during regular opening times.

Location

Near the entrance to the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms on the lower ground floor.

Tate Britain
Millbank
London SW1P 4RG
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