Norwich Castle Study Centre

Norwich Castle Study Centre is home for a wealth of the county’s collections of costume and textiles, fine, decorative and contemporary art, archaeology, natural history and the Royal Norfolk Regiment.

Researchers from around the world use this study centre to investigate the internationally important collections that are housed here.

The Norwich Castle Study Centre is also the headquarters of Norfolk Museums Service.

Opening times

Monday-Friday 9am–5pm. Closed on Bank Holidays and 24-26 December.

Admission

Researchers can view the collections for free. However, demand is high and so you must make an appointment in advance to see collections. It is likely the time we allocate you to visit the Study Centre will be at least three weeks after you contact us. Visits are dependent on the relevant staff being available and whilst every effort is made to accommodate visitors at the time arranged, very occasionally we have to postpone visits if staff are ill.

To arrange an appointment, email museums@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01603 493625. We'll discuss what you want to look at and book you into the appropriate department.
Collections

Access to the collections can also be made through the Norfolk Museums Collections website, which currently contains detailed object information through over 19,000 searchable records.

Identifications

Norfolk Museums Service deals with thousands of identification enquiries every year. Due to a number of major projects taking place, at present only archaeology and natural history/geology and Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum enquiries are being accepted for identification. Identifications for costume and textiles are available by appointment, please email museums@norfolk.gov.uk.
If you have an object that you would like our curatorial staff to identify you can take it to the reception desk at the Study Centre on Market Avenue (not Norwich Castle), Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.
Normally identifications take at least 16 weeks, but can take longer depending on the number of objects, difficulty of enquiry, and workload of the relevant curator.
Please note that we are only able to accept enquiries relevant to our collections or from the Norfolk/East Anglian region.