The Templer Study Centre is the National Army Museum's on-site study and research facility. It is an excellent resource for exploring the history of our Army and learning more about its impact on the wider world.
Our archive contains a wealth of material for researching military, political and social history, as well as a range of other subjects, including fashion, science and technology.
Our library contains over 55,000 books and periodicals, 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.
The Templer Study Centre is open to everyone. We recommend booking your seat and ordering items 10 days in advance to avoid disappointment. However, if there is space available, we are happy to accommodate walk-ins.
Please submit your appointment request and details of the collections you wish to see by email (email@example.com) including:
Please note that it may not be possible to order additional items during your visit, although staff will try to assist where they can.
The Templer Study Centre provides access to the National Army Museum's collections of photographs, archives, books and periodicals, all of which can be searched on our Online Inventory. To search for archives, photographs, maps and charts, please use the Search Objects section. To search specifically for books and periodicals, please use the Search Books section. For further guidance on using the Online Inventory, please use our ‘how-to’ guides.
All other collections are kept at our storage facility in Stevenage. Find out more about how to access these collections.
When making your booking, it would be helpful if you could let us know if you only intend to make a short visit, so we are able to accommodate others.
The Templer Study Centre is pleased to be able to register new readers and renew existing reader's cards that have expired.
For new reader's cards to be issued, we require readers to:
You will be issued with your new reader's card when you arrive at the Templer Study Centre for your appointment. Please bring your original documents with you to show to staff.
Accepted forms of photographic identification include:
Accepted forms of permanent address include:
Your appointment should be confirmed by email prior to visiting. Please let us know if you have not received a confirmation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an existing reader, please bring your reader’s card with you.
Locker facilities will be available for small bags and coats. The only items that readers will be permitted to bring into the reading room are:
Further details of the reading room rules and handling guidelines may be found on the Templer Study Centre Rules of Access page.
Before attempting to book a visit to the Templer Study Centre, we encourage you to read our FAQs and website research advice, which may assist in answering your research enquiry.
Also, visit our Online Collection, as many items have been digitised and can be viewed online rather than in person. The Online Collection also often provides more details about items than the Inventory.
To assist remote researchers and readers who are unable to visit the Templer Study Centre in person, we are happy to offer a reprographics service. Please complete and return by email (email@example.com) the Templer Study Centre reprographics order form (also available in Word format) and we can advise on availability.
Please note that:
If you have any further enquiries about accessing the collections, please submit them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.