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New Archive building at Elmwood

The start of the New Year heralds exciting changes for the Henry Moore Archive at Perry Green.

Since summer 2014 our collection of over 700,000 items, which includes publications, letters and images relating to Moore and his artwork, has been in temporary storage whilst our archive building is extended to house the entire collection in one climate controlled space for the first time.

Progress on the new building, which alongside the climate controlled zones will provide a Reading Room for researchers, has been swift. It is hoped that the building will be handed over in early spring 2016.

Although our collection will have to remain in store for the rest of this year, whilst the various climate zones settle, we will be using our time wisely to forge forward with the enormous task of re-housing the archive into conservation quality boxes and can then begin to utilise the new digitisation suite to catalogue, scan and preserve the most vulnerable items.

The new building, designed by Hugh Broughton Architects, is clad in Corten Steel, which glows beautifully in the sunlight. The purpose-built Reading Room has a floor-ceiling corner window to take advantage of the surrounding parkland views, and will feature bespoke elm wood shelving to furnish the walls.

“Whilst the new archive is currently bedding into the landscape at Perry Green, the team will be busy planning many exciting conservation projects. We are also delighted that the archive building will include a designated display space, so that we can showcase highlights from our collection to the public for the first time. We hope that visitors and researchers will enjoy finding out about the history of Moore's Archive as well as discovering further information about the artist and his work.”

Henry Moore Foundation Archive Manager, Emma Stower

Although we will still not have full access to our Archive Collection until 2017, we can still answer some research enquiries; if you have a question you would like to ask the Archive Team contact us: