Templer Study Centre, National Army Museum

The Templer Study Centre, National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT

Printed Books: 020 7881 2454
Archives, Photographs, Film and Sound: 020 7881 2485
Prints and Drawings: 020 7881 2473


The Templer Study Centre is situated in the basement of the building, next door to the Lecture Theatre.The Museum is situated about 10 minutes’ walk from Sloane Square tube station. The 170 bus runs about every 10-12 minutes from Victoria and Clapham Junction and stops directly outside.

Hours of opening:

Wednesday - Friday, and the first and third Saturdays of each month, 1000 - 1700.

Closed Sunday to Tuesday, Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends, and between Christmas and New Year.


Open to the public. New users must complete an application for a Reader’s Ticket, and provide proof of identity which contains signature and address, for example a driving licence or passport.

The collections are for reference only. Army Lists and a selection of general reference books are stored on open access.

Coats and bags may not be brought into the Study Centre and only pencils or personal computers may be used for taking notes. The Study Centre is accessible to wheelchair users.

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Staff in charge:

Printed Books Michael Ball
Archives, Photographs, Film and Sound Alastair Massie
Reader Services Kate Swann

Staff availabilty:

An enquiry desk is staffed on a rota basis throughout opening hours. Those wishing to see a particular member of staff are advised to telephone in advance.


Stock acquired up to 1984 is accessible via a card index in the Study Centre. Post -1984 accessions are held on a computer catalogue.

Details of some of the Museum’s holdings can be found on the Access to Archives website (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a).


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The collections cover the history of the British Army from the fifteenth century to the present day, and the history of Commonwealth forces up to their respective dates of independence. Holdings include 50,000 printed books, 15,000 pamphlets and other official publications, 1,000 metres of archives, 750,000 photographs, and 50,000 prints and drawings.

Special collections or strengths:

The collections are particularly strong on the Crimean War, the Boer War, and nineteenth century campaigns in Africa and India. There is an extensive collection of military biographies and regimental histories.

Special collections include the Crookshank Collection of battle prints, and the papers of Lord Roberts, Lord Raglan, the 1st Marquess of Anglesey, and Lord Rawlinson.

Additional facilities:

Microfiche / microfilm reader printer, photocopier (subject to Museum photocopying regulations and the relevant copyright restrictions), photographic service.

There is a café within the Museum building.