Archive of Sculptors' Papers

In response to the government’s current Covid-19 guidelines, the Archive of Sculptors' Papers is closed until further notice.

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.

When will the Archive reopen?

As long as Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, we will reopen our Galleries, Research Library and Archive of Sculptors’ Papers for our next exhibition, Portable Sculpture, from 5 February.

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