Using the Archives


The archive collections are available for research in our supervised reading room by appointment.

Find out more about using the archives


search our online catalogue.

Not sure where to start?

Click on a popular search term to see what we hold:

Medd | leaving age | Brian Simon | progressive education | secondary modern | UWT (Union of Women Teachers) | school magazines World Education Fellowship | teacher | playgroups | examinations | College of Preceptors | history of education | special education| leaving age | village schools | corporal punishment | new education | film | General Teaching Council | Montessori | India | early childhood education sex education Department of Education school broadcasting | colour in schools

We also have a range of subject based resources that might help you explore themes in our collections.

The Friends of the Newsam Library and Archives support the Library's future development. Benefits include discounted membership to the Library, a programme of meetings and events and a bi-annual newsletter. For information on joining email

Research enquiries
Archive staff are happy to answer general enquiries relating to our collections and the services we provide. All written enquiries, including e-mail, will be answered within 10 working days. We are unable to undertake lengthy or complex research for users. in such cases you may visit us, or hire a professional researcher to undertake research on your behalf. We can provide guidance on finding professional researchers.

Images used in our outreach material
Our donation agreement includes a clause allowing the archivists to use representations of donated material for teaching, learning, and promotional purposes. Use of these images in this way extends to their presence in Libguides and external sites such as Flickr and HistoryPin. We make every effort to trace the copyright holder of images, however, if you think you may be the copyright holder get in touch with us at

The links below provide information on aspects of our service;

Copyright, copying, publication and use of digital camers

Resource guides to help you explore collections thematically