12 October 2020 – Autumn 2021
Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Archive Gallery, Lower Level, Tate Britain
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00
For public information call +44(0)20 7887 8888, visit tate.org.uk or follow @Tate

For press information contact press.office@tate.org.uk or call +44(0)20 7887 8730. High resolution press images can be downloaded from Tate's dropbox.


The idea for Tate Archive arose in the 1960s as the then Director of Tate, Sir Norman Reid became concerned that art archives were being lost to research in this country. A call to artists, in 1970, helped establish what has become a national centre for documenting fine art practice in the UK. Fifty years later, Tate Archive holds more than 1,000 collections, containing over 20 million pieces, and is now the world’s largest archive for British art.

Located at Tate Britain, the archive collections comprise a wide range of materials such as letters, diaries, sketches, photographs, exhibition histories, audio-visual material and increasingly, born-digital material – all of which relate to artists, art practice, and art world figures and organisations.
Tate Archive is free to use. To consult collections, researchers need to register and make an appointment to visit the Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain, which are currently open Tuesdays and Fridays 11.00–15.00. Email reading.rooms@tate.org.uk or call +44 020 7887 8838.
Before visiting, researchers can search for materials of interest from the catalogued holdings by using the online catalogue (archive.tate.org.uk), and browse more than 65,000 digitised items and pieces on Tate’s website at tate.org.uk/art/archive/collections.