During your visit

You do not need to pay for a museum ticket to use the Discovery Room, it is open to the public five days a week. Whether you have never visited an archive before or are a regular user, our staff are here to help you.

How to find The Discovery Room

Come to the Welcome Space of the main museum gallery and take the stairs or lift, to the right of the exhibition entrance/reception. The Discovery Room is on the first floor, on the right as you come up the stairs/out of the lift.


No food or drink is allowed in the Discovery Room, this helps us to protect the original documents. If you would like something to eat or drink, there is the Counter Café in the Welcome Space downstairs, and space available in the courtyard.

Toilets are available in the Welcome Space on the ground floor.

Lockers are available in the Discovery Room for people accessing the Archive Reading Room; they are to the right of the Discovery Room entrance.

Computer and Internet access

  • There is free wi-fi available for you to use your laptop/tablet/phone. Desktop computers with internet access are also available, though priority will be given to microfilm users.
  • Most desks have power points for laptops.
  • The Ancestry website is available through the desktops.

Copying facilities/camera use

Some books and documents can be copied in The Discovery Room providing they are not too fragile. We allow use of handheld cameras (phones, tablets etc) but tripods/stands, flash photography and handheld scanners are not permitted.

Copies can be taken by phone, camera, or you can pay for a small number of copies to be made by Discovery Room staff or to print copies from microfilm.

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