Booking and directions

The National Portrait Gallery’s Heinz Archive and Library is open by appointment to visitors who are interested in any aspect of British portraiture or in the history of the Gallery.

The Archive and Library is located in Orange Street, behind the Gallery’s main building. On arrival visitors should report to the Reception Desk and wait to be sent through to the Archive and Library Public Study Room. First time visitors will be asked to fill in an Access Agreement Form and show identification, such as a passport or driver's licence.

A self-service photocopier is available (20p each for b&w copies and 30p each for colour).  Visitors may take photographs of some material in the Public Study Room (£3 per day) but restrictions apply and photography of items from the Sitter, Artist and Types boxes and Reference Collection of Prints and Drawings is strictly prohibited.

All facilities are wheelchair accessible. The Public Study Room is fitted with 2 induction loops, including 1 portable facility. A large print visitor's leaflet, magnifying sheets and torches are available on request. Visitors with any special requirements should notify Archive and Library staff in advance.

The nearest Underground stations are Leicester Square and Charing Cross. The nearest mainline station is Charing Cross. The nearest bus stops are at Trafalgar Square.

Download leaflet for visitors
Download largeprint leaflet for visitors

Heinz Archive and Library opening hours
Tuesday-Friday, 10:00-17:00
by appointment only:
020 7321 6617 (Type Talk: 18001)
fax: 020 7306 0056

National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE

Scharf and Staff

George Scharf and Gallery staff, 1885