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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 and Research Centre, you can discover our collection and make use of our extensive 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; and access many specialist publications and journals.

You can browse Collection Online or use the archive catalogue to search our collection.


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 reading room with reader tables, power sockets and free WiFi

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

Insight is open by appointment during Research Week, which falls on the third week of every month. Opening hours are 10.00–13.00 and 14.00–17.00, Monday to Friday.

It’s free to visit Insight, but you must book 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 45-minute tours are a great introduction to Insight, offering a glimpse at some treasures that aren’t on permanent display. Space is limited and booking is essential.

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