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Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies

A subject guide for the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies collections held in the Institute of Archaeology Library

Institute of Archaeology Archives

An archaeological dig from the 1930s. In the foreground a man is taking a picture with an old camera. Behind him on the edge of the trench is Mortimer Wheelerm watchin, a woman walking past and a second womn seated in a lean-to writing notes

© Mortimer Wheeler, first Director of the Institute of Archaeology, overseeing excavations. UCL Institute of Archaeology. 

All Institute of Archaeology Library archives held by LCCOS are under the care of UCL Records Office. Please contact them with any enquiries: 

Some Institute of Archaeology records remain with the department. To gain access and find out more information, please contact the Institute of Archaeology department: 

Special Collections

UCL Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. Our holdings span the 4th century to the present day and cover a vaste range of subject areas and disciplines. The strengths of the collections include language, literature and poetry from the 15th to the 21st centuries, 20th and 21st century small-press publishing, politics and social policy, History of Science, Mathematics, Latin American history and economics, Hebraica and Judaica, Education, the history of London and the history of UCL.

Visiting Special Collections

Anyone with a need to consult our collections is welcome to do so. UCL Special Collections is reference only. It is essential to book in advance to make sure of a reading room place and that the items requested are available. Please contact us at least two weeks before you intend to visit. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate drop-in visits.

Archives and manuscripts - search the catalogue

Search the catalogues for collections held across:

  • UCL Special Collections comprising UCL Archives, UCL Records and the Institute of Education (IOE);
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES);
  • Queen Square Archives comprising the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH) and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.