Architects drawing of the Museum

If you would like to search the Museum Collection, Library and/or Archive databases click here.


To help you find what you are looking for, please see the notes below:

Notes for searchers

Simple search

This allows you to search all three databases (Museum objects, library and archive) for a single word that appears in the title [or description].

Advanced search

You can search only one database at a time using the Advanced Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.  However, you can search in a number of fields that are not searched using the Simple Search.

Expert Search

You can search only one database at a time using the Expert Search facility.  Make sure you use the drop-down list to select the appropriate database.   However, you can use the drop-down lists to select the field(s) to be searched.  If you want to use more than one field, click on the plus sign (+) to add additional search fields.

Using the search results for the Archives database


Click on the entry or entries you want to look at.  This will take you to the catalogue entry and also show you its place in the whole catalogue (see Hierarchy Browser below the search results).  You can click on the plus sign (+) beside any entry in the Hierarchy browser to see the related entries (at a more detailed level).

If you want to visit the Reading Room to look at any of the archives, please contact us to book a visit and order documents using the reference number. See User Resources.

If you want to request a copy of a document, please see our reprographics policy and/or contact us at libraryandarchives@thebowesmuseum.org.uk and we will:

·        See whether the item can be copied

·        Advise you on possible methods and costs of copying

·        Send you the appropriate order form