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Special Collections Access, Location and Appointments

Covid-19: Access arrangements (updated 8 October 2020)

Special Collections can now offer bookable appointments for RCA staff and students only. This is currently open to: returning students; 15-month, MRes and PGR students; and RCA staff. Limited numbers of morning and afternoon slots are available. Contact [email protected] to arrange. 

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to provide access to external visitors. This page will be updated as soon as we can re-open to the wider research community.

We regret that group visits, including groups within the RCA community, will not be possible for the foreseeable future.

A limited digitisation-on-demand service is available as usual for all users who are unable to visit. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your research needs.

Enquiries about Former Staff and Students 

Enquiries from genealogists or biographers regarding former students and staff at any point in the RCA’s history are welcome, but please be advised that in many cases we can provide only limited personal information, and, in the case of alumni, sometimes no more than confirmation of department and year of graduation (1898 onwards). We do not hold records of students who graduated prior to 1898. Limited amounts of material relating to earlier incarnations of the College may be found at the National Archives and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Copies of Material

Visitors are often allowed to make copies of materials for private study as long as copyright restrictions are observed. Equally, staff can often supply digital copies of materials to researchers working remotely, under the same terms, and are happy to advise.


+44 (0)20 7590 4234

[email protected]

Please note, access to the collections is by appointment only.