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Study room regulations

1. The study room will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10.00  to 13.00, and 14.00 to 16.00.  Students will not normally be admitted after 15.45. Information on the schedule of available days can be obtained by ringing the Department's enquiry number (020 7323 8607 or 8404).

2. Space in the Study Room is limited, and visitors are advised to make an appointment. Bookings across a several day period will be cancelled if a visitor fails to arrive for the first session, unless later bookings are confirmed.

3. Applications for admission must be supported: either by a member of the academic staff of the Museum from genuine personal knowledge; or photographic proof of identity (e.g.passport or driving licence) and proof of address (e.g. a recent utility bill). British Library Readers may use the library, on production of their Reader's Ticket, but cannot examine objects without the above identification.

4. Before the examination of objects, visitors must complete a Student's Record Card.

5. Students must place all bags, cases, handbags and other luggage away from their desk, as instructed by the invigilator. Coats, etc. should be left in the lobby, and not placed upon tables or seats.

6. Students must remain within the Study Room, unless escorted by a member of the departmental staff.

7. Students must not smoke, eat, drink or chew gum in the Study Room and are requested to conduct themselves in a quiet and orderly manner. Silence should be observed.

8. It is general Museum policy not to permit the use of personal stereo systems and mobile phones in the building. This rule applies to Departmental Study Rooms also.

9. Students examining objects will be closely supervised at all times.

10. Closed circuit television, with video recording, is in use at all times.

11. No more than two trays will be given to a student at one time.

12. Students must not normally remove more than one piece at a time from a tray, and must ensure it is returned to its proper place.

13. Students must take good care not to damage or impair any object or book in the collection.

14. Students wishing to compare their own pieces with those in the Department must obtain the consent of the supervising officer, who will arrange for them to be photographed before the comparison is made.

15. Personal photography is not permitted, nor is the making of wax or other impressions (including rubbings), except at the discretion of the Keeper or senior staff member. Any requests for consideration should be made in writing well in advance of a visit.

16. A student may not leave the Study Room until the supervising officer is satisfied that all trays examined by him/her are in good order.

17. In the event of a fire or security alert students will be required to follow all instructions given by members of the Departmental staff. This will normally involve immediate evacuation.

18. Infringement of the Regulations may, at the discretion of the Keeper, result in exclusion from the Study Room.