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Study Room Regulations

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

General Information

Visitors to the Study Room are not permitted to take any coats, briefcases or bags (except small handbags) into the room. These must be left in the lockers at the entrance.

To ensure the safety of the objects, bottles of ink, correcting fluid, coloured or soft drawing media and other potentially damaging substances may not be brought into the Study Room. Notes can be made only in pencil or written on personal laptops or tablets. Eating, drinking and smoking are not permitted within the Study Room.

Visitors are requested to wash their hands before arriving at the Study Room. If this has been neglected they will be asked to do so before sitting down at the tables. Cloakrooms are located on the lower ground floor below the Courtyard Entrance.

All visitors must fill in the Registration Form and sign the Visitor Book upon arrival in the Study Room.

Consulting the works

The marking of any object or the removal of any object or reference book from the Study Room is strictly forbidden.

The staff member on duty will have the works you have requested at the time of appointment ready for you when you arrive. Please remember that you will be handling original works of art and that these should be treated with the utmost care. The surface of works of art must never be touched.

The correct handling procedure will be demonstrated to you on your first visit. If you are handling mounted material always handle objects by the edge of the mount and always keep the object facing upwards. Please do not open the mounts without the permission of the member of staff.


Access to the collections is provided on the understanding that readers respect the Museum’s ownership and its consequent rights to publication and reproduction. Applications to publish or reproduce material from the collections must be addressed to the Image Library, giving full details of the material to be reproduced and the publication in which it is to appear. Staff will be pleased to try to answer further questions regarding copyright. In cases in which it is not vested in the Museum, the Museum disclaims responsibility for infringement.


Visitors are permitted to take photographs for research purposes of some of the objects in the collections. Restrictions apply. Please seek further advice from the Study Room Invigilator. Photographic orders should be placed with the Image Library.

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