NORFOLK Museums Service

Norwich Castle Study Centre

Outstanding museum collections for you to explore

People using the Decorative Arts study roomNorwich Castle Study Centre offers first-rate facilities to study fine and decorative arts, archaeology and natural history. There are millions of items in the collections. By using the Study Centre, you can focus on specific collections and select the objects you want to see to support your area of interest.

Study in the peace and tranquility of one of our four well-equipped private study rooms. Here, objects and works from the collections are brought to you by museum staff who can assist your research with their specialist knowledge.

What we provide

• Access to collections

• Specialist knowledge and support

• Private study rooms

• Study aids such as microscopes and computers

Making an Appointment

Lady viewing an item from the NMAS collectionsTo view items from the collections, you must contact us first to make an appointment. Our friendly staff will help to confirm what you want to look at, and you will be booked into the appropriate Study Room.

To make an appointment to use a Study Room, please email Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service or telephone: 01603 493625

Please note that departments may require two weeks notice for an appointment.

To view a book from one of the departmental libraries a minimum of 24 hours notice is required.


Norfolk Museums Service deals with hundreds of identification enquiries every year. If you have a relevant object that you would like our curatorial staff to identify or find out more information about, you can take it to the Study Centre reception desk (not Norwich Castle), Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Normally identifications take at least 12 weeks, but this could be significantly longer depending on the number of objects, difficulty of enquiry, and workload of the relevant curator. Please note that we can only accept enquiries relevant to our collections, or from the Norfolk/East Anglian region.

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It was a thrill to handle Castle Acre Service Book, so obviously used - candle grease and thumb prints - by monkish hands so long ago.