Visiting & using our collections

The Library is now open two days a week by appointment only

We have started a phased reopening on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new opening hours are from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Advanced booking is essential as spaces will be limited. To book a visit please email [email protected], specifying the material you would like to consult.

We continue to provide a weekly postal loans and photocopying service to Fellows, and to respond to enquiries sent to [email protected]. All current loans have been renewed until 19 October 2020. Please do not post any book returns until October. 

For information about requesting images and image licences, please see the page on our website for Images & Photocopying  

How you can visit

Death & the Antiquaries by Rowlandson c.1795

Death & the Antiquaries by Rowlandson c.1795

We are always delighted to welcome new researchers to the Library & Museum to consult materials that are not available elsewhere, and to help them navigate our archives and collections.

Please tell us about your research, what you wish to see and when you would like to visit. You can search the majority of our collections online, using our catalogues.

For further information, please see our Guidelines for Researchers [PDF].

When you can visit

The Library is open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Advanced booking is essential. To book a visit please email [email protected].

Access to the Museum is by appointment only. To book a visit please email [email protected].

How we can help

The Orpheus Mosaic

Engraving by Samuel Lysons and Robert Smirke 1797 of The Orpheus Mosaic at Woodchester

You can contact the Museum ([email protected]) for enquiries about:

  • Museum objects
  • Paintings

You can contact the Library ([email protected]) for enquiries about:

  • Printed materials
  • Archives
  • Manuscripts
  • Prints and drawings

Information on requesting photocopies or scans is available here

You can usually take photographs during your visit (without flash) for private study or reference purposes only, but please ask permission first! The Society can provide high-quality photographs for publication purposes for a fee. You can find more information about requesting images here.