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Heinz Archive and Library

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Open: Tuesday-Thursday 10-5

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From 29 June 2020 until Spring 2023 the main building will be closed while it under goes essential building work. The Library and Archive will remain open as it is located in a separate building. For further information, please see their website

  • The Library and Archive is located in Orange Street behind the Gallery's main building
  • Access requirements: identification document such as passport or driver's licence, plus visitors will be asked to complete a Visitor Agreement Form on their first visit
  • Reprographics: personal photography, for research use only, permitted
  • ARCHON code: 1082

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    Collections information

    Persons (53)

    Paper catalogues available to view at The National Archives - (3)

    • NRA 32319 National Portrait Gallery Archive: MS collections
    • NRA 34420 Charles and John Watkins, photographers: corresp and papers
    • NRA 34418 George Frederic Watts, painter and sculptor: corresp


    These are selected lists of new or additional collections that were acquired by this archive during a specific year. If a date is not displayed there are no accessions for that year.

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