Archive of Sculptors' Papers

We are delighted to be open again after a temporary closure of more than five months due to Covid-19.

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The Henry Moore Institute Archive of Sculptors' Papers in Leeds is a rich and fascinating collection which tells the story of British sculpture. It's free to use and all visitors are welcome.

The working lives of hundreds of sculptors are captured in their photographs, letters, drawings and sketchbooks, alongside film, digital records and even tools and costume.

Our archive starts its story in the Victorian age and moves through to Henry Moore's twentieth-century contemporaries. The collection is always growing, with new additions including the papers of sculptors working today, making a visit to our archive a must for anyone interested in British sculpture.

We manage and develop the archive on behalf of Leeds Museums & Galleries which has a corresponding British sculpture collection of international renown. Together with our Sculpture Research Library, the archive is an outstanding resource for tracking the history and practice of sculpture in Britain.

If you would like to visit the Archive, please browse the online catalogue then contact our Archivist Errin Hussey in the first instance to discuss what you would like to access and she can manage your booking.