Opening times

We are open Tuesday – Saturday and our building opens to visitors at 09:00, until our reading rooms close.

We are only open on select Sundays, when we have an exhibition running. We are closed on all remaining Sundays in 2023.

Reading rooms and document ordering

Reading roomsDocuments can be ordered between
Tuesday09:30 to 19:0009:30 to 16:00
Wednesday09:30 to 17:0009:30 to 15:30
Thursday09:30 to 19:0009:30 to 16:00
Friday09:30 to 17:0009:30 to 15:30
Saturday09:30 to 17:0009:30 to 15:30

Our other services

Our café is open between 09:00 and 17:00 on Tuesday and Thursday and between 09:00 and 16:00 on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Our shop is open between 10:00 and 17:00 Tuesday to Saturday.

Our car park is open from 08:00 and closes 30 minutes after our building.

Closure dates

All dates listed below are inclusive. Some dates may be subject to change.

  • Christmas 2023: Saturday 23 to Wednesday 27 December
  • New Year’s Day 2023/4: Saturday 30 December to Monday 1 January 2024