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Visiting the Henry Moore Archive

We welcome anyone with an interest in Henry Moore, his life and his work. Admission is free but you must register, book an appointment and order the materials you would like to consult in advance.

Henry Moore Archive is located within the grounds of Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. For more information on how to find us please see our Directions and opening times page.

Upon Arrival

When you arrive, head straight for the Visitor Centre and sign in at Reception. You will then be directed to the Archive. Every new Archive user will be given a short induction including a tour of the public access areas and will be required to sign and complete our Terms of Use form.

Opening times

Monday:10am - 4:30pm
Tuesday:10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday:10am - 4:30pm
Thursday:10am - 4:30pm
Friday:10am - 4:30pm
Saturday:Closed
Sunday:Closed

The Archive is not open at weekends, on public holidays or between Christmas and New Year.

Reading room

A dedicated space for research and where all visitors to the Henry Moore Archive are able to view material. 

Selected for the Reading room are a number of key publications on Moore, including:

  • The Henry Moore catalogues raisonnés
    Henry Moore: Complete Sculpture, Volumes 1-6, Lund Humphries, London 1944-2005
    Henry Moore: Complete Drawings Volumes 1-7, edited by Ann Garrould, published by Lund Humphries, London 1994-2003.
    Henry Moore: Catalogue of Graphic Work Volumes I-IV, 1931-84, edited by Gérald and Patrick Cramer, Alistair Grant and David Mitchinson, published by Cramer, Geneva, 1973-1986.
    Henry Moore: Prints and Portfolios, David Mitchinson, published by Cramer, Geneva 2010
    Henry Moore Bibliography 1898-1991, Volumes 1-5, The Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham, 1991-1993
  • Key Henry Moore monographs
  • One man exhibition catalogues
  • Group exhibition catalogues
  • New publications and recent press coverage
  • British Sculptors and Sculpture Series, The Henry Moore Foundation in association with Lund Humphries, London
  • General Art Reference books

Archive Stores

Items in our climate controlled stores can be accessed with the help of the Archive team. Some materials will need up to 48 hours to acclimatise and should be ordered in advance of your visit, up to a maximum of 10 items.  A limited number of additional items may be viewable on the day, depending on the need for acclimatisation.  Our stores contain the following collections:

  • Early editions of Henry Moore catalogues raisonné and monographs
  • Some Solo and Group Exhibition catalogues, posters and leaflets and merchandise
  • Books which make reference to Moore and his work
  • Historical exhibition related correspondence and paperwork
  • Museum and Institution publications
  • Journals and Magazines
  • Press coverage
  • Sales catalogues
  • Artefacts and specialist materials

Image Archive:

  • Photographic prints, negatives and transparencies
  • Film and Audio recordings

Facilities

  • Public Wifi (HMF Public)
  • Power and network points for personal laptops
  • Equipment for correct handling of archive material: A range of gloves; card; spatulas; book stands and pillows
  • A3 photocopier
  • Lockers are provided for the storage of bags and rucksacks

One permanent desktop computer/workspace to access:

  • The Archive Catalogue via The Museum System database
  • The image archive including Film and Audio recordings via the Extensis Portfolio database
  • Correspondence and exhibition poster databases
  • Henry Moore artworks - online catalogue
  • Other digital resources under the supervision of Archive staff

Accessibility

  • The Reading room can seat up to five researchers at a time
  • Toilets are available on the ground floor
  • A number of access aids are available for library users including, a Library trolley to carry books, rolling steps to reach higher shelves and a portable hearing loop