Study room

The department has three study rooms, accessible only by appointment. The Horological study room and the Neolithic to Modern collection are both located at the main Museum site. An additional facility is available at Franks House, north London, which houses the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic collections.

Please make appointments in writing well in advance, giving at least four weeks notice.  See contact details below. Please note that all Britain, Europe & Prehistory study rooms are closed on Mondays and all of August.

Post-medieval to 19th-century European glass and ceramics

During the year beginning August 2015, the Department of Britain, Europe & Prehistory has to relocate the collection of medieval to modern tiles, as well as the post-medieval to 19th-century ceramics and glass. Unfortunately, this will disrupt access to material for some time. The glass will be available for research by prior appointment with our Study Room from November, but the tiles will be unavailable until mid-2016 and the ceramics may be inaccessible for up to three years.

For the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romano-British, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern collections please contact: prehistoryandeurope @
telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8629
Study Room open Tuesday to Thursday 10.30-13.00 and 14.00-16.00.

For the Horological collections please contact
horology @
telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8395
Study Room open Tuesday to Friday 10.30-13.00 and 14.00-16.00.

For the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic collections at Franks House, please contact:
prehistoryandeurope @
telephone on +44 (0)20 7323 8100
Study Room open Wednesday to Friday 10.30-13.00 and 14.00-16.00.

Collections housed at Blythe House, Hammersmith can be accessed by special appointment.