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Research the collection

Whether your research is academic, professional or personal, everyone is welcome to make an appointment to visit Insight, our research centre.

At Insight: Collections & Research Centre, you can discover our collection and make use of our comprehensive research library.

Study prints by some of the world’s greatest photographers. Examine apparatus that illuminates the history and development of sound and vision technologies.

Access our extensive library of specialist publications and journals, and undertake personal research, perhaps about your family or hometown.


Visitors to Insight have access to the following facilities:

  • Three print rooms housing over 3 million photographs
  • Three stores containing thousands of collection objects
  • A reference library housing an extensive collection of books, periodicals, journals and trade literature
  • A purpose-built searchroom allowing visitors to view material they have selected

There is also a space suitable for larger research groups, the Kraszna-Krausz Room, which can be booked on request.

How to make an appointment

It’s free to visit Insight: Collections & Research Centre, but you must book your visit in advance. To make an appointment, contact us by email or in writing.


Write to: Collections Assistant, National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ

Group visits to Insight

We offer a weekly free public tour of our collection stores. Led by a member of our Collections and Exhibitions team, these hour-long tours are a great introduction to Insight, offering a glimpse at some treasures that aren’t on permanent display. Booking in advance is essential.

We also offer show-and-tell sessions and introductory seminars about archival research, suitable for groups of 5–15 people. If you would like to book one of these sessions, email