Members of staff are available to assist with general enquiries and the identification of objects within the remit of our collections and expertise.
This service is available by appointment only every
14.00–16.00. You are advised to book
well in advance to ensure that a specialist is available. Please
contact the department for an appointment.
Please go to the Information Desk in the Great Court for directions to the department and to obtain a visitors' object pass.
Please note that there are different opening hours for the Horological Study Room and the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic Study Room at Franks House. Please see the Study Room page for contact details.
Neither the Trustees of the British Museum nor members of staff can accept liability for opinions given on objects submitted for examination, or for information provided. They cannot give valuations and do not provide certificates of authenticity.
More information about objects from this period
For specific enquiries on the following subjects not represented by the department’s collection it is suggested you consult:
- Manuscripts and seal impressions: British Library http://www.bl.uk/
- Sculpture, costume, furniture and woodwork: Victoria and Albert Museum http://www.vam.ac.uk/
- Fossil, human and animal remains: Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk
- Rural history: Museum of English Rural Life, at Reading University http://www.reading.ac.uk/merl
- Arms and armour: Royal Armouries http://www.royalarmouries.org/
- Military history and militaria: National Army Museum http://www.national-army-museum.ac.uk/ and Imperial War Museum http://www.iwm.org.uk/
- London: Museum of London http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/
- Heraldic research: College of Arms http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/
- Family history: National Archives http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ and http://www.familyrecords.gov.uk/
- More information about other museums and heritage
organisations around the UK: http://www.culture24.org.uk/home