Templer Study Centre

The Templer Study Centre is the National Army Museum's on-site study and research space.

It is an excellent research resource for exploring the history of the British Army and learning more about its impact on the wider world.

The entrance to the Templer Study Centre

Coronavirus update

The National Army Museum will be closed to the public from 18 March until further notice following the latest government guidance in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

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Opening hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: Closed


Lower Ground Floor Lower Level

Wheelchair access:
Via the lift in the Discover More gallery

Plan a visit

Scheduled closures

The Templer Study Centre is closed on Mondays and Sundays, and also on the following dates:

  • 11 June 2020 (staff training)
  • 3-7 August 2020 (annual stocktaking)
  • 10 September 2020 (staff training)
  • 10 December 2020 (staff training)


Our archive of documents contains a wealth of material for researching:

  • Military history
  • Campaigns and battles
  • Personal stories
  • Political and social history
  • Fashion
  • Science, technology and engineering

A visitor uses TSC facilties


Our library contains over 55,000 books, and represents a particularly strong collection of regimental and campaign histories. We also have over 3,670 maps and charts and 10,000 separate photographic collections available to view.


  • Quiet Reading Room
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wheelchair access
  • Lockers

Computer terminals are available for visitors to study our collections and access extra research resources. Our Templer Study Centre staff are also on hand to offer their expertise.

Do I need to register?

Anyone wanting to undertake study or research in the Templer Study Centre will need to register for a free Reader’s Card. You can sign up on arrival.

Proof of ID

Reader’s Cards are free, but to obtain one you will need to bring two different forms of identification, one of which must be photographic, and one of which must have proof of address.

Templer Study Centre Rules

Ordering online

If you would like to request material ahead of your visit to the Templer Study Centre, you should first register for online ordering. This will allow you to login to the pre-ordering version of our Inventory Search.

From there, you can identify items from the archives, photos, books, periodicals and journals collections, and have them waiting for you on arrival. Once you have selected the items you wish to view, you will be asked to book a time and date for your visit.

You will need a Reader's Card to access collections material at the Templer Study Centre. If you do not already have one, please bring photographic identification and proof of address with you on your first visit.

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