Archive of Sculptors' Papers

The Henry Moore Institute is now open.

The Henry Moore Institute Archive of Sculptors' Papers in Leeds is a rich and fascinating collection which tells the story of British sculpture. When the Institute is open to the public, the Archive is 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.

Your visit

We are delighted to reopen our Galleries with two new exhibitions, Portable Sculpture and Rafael Pérez Evans: Handful, along with our Research Library and Archive of Sculptors' Papers.

In order to effectively manage the Galleries and allow for social distancing, we are limiting visitor numbers and are asking all visitors to book their visit in advance.

If you would like to plan a visit to the Archive, please browse the online catalogue and then contact our Archivist Errin Hussey to discuss the material you are interested in.