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The National Motor Museum Motoring Research Service

The Motoring Research Service exists to respond to factual enquiries received by the National Motor Museum Trust and to assist researchers to access information that may be found within its Collections.

We can assist with simple enquiries by post and by E-mail but for more complex research we recommend that you make an appointment to visit our Reading Room.

The Reading Room 

For those wishing to undertake their own research using material to be found in the Motoring Archive, Photographic Collection and in our world famous Motoring Reference Library, an appointment can be made to visit the Collections Centre's Reading Room. For charges please see below.

Opening Times

The reading room is open by appointment only at the following times:
Tuesday – Friday, 10.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00.
Closed between Christmas and New Year.

To make an appointment

Please email the Enquiries Officer Patrick Collins or call the appointments hotline 01590 614652 (this is an answer phone service for appointments only, not enquiries) or fax us on 01590 612655.

We do not operate a telephone enquiry service.

Postal and E-mail Enquiry Service  

Our postal and E-mail based enquiry service will endeavour to answer questions about our Collections and about motoring history in general. We aim to reply to all enquiries within 28 days. For charges please see below.

Whilst we can assist with simple enquiries we do suggest a visit in person to the Reading Room for more complex enquiries and research.

Please write to: The Motoring Research Service
National Motor Museum Trust
SO42 7ZN

Motoring Research Service Charges 

Prices quoted below include VAT at the current rate.

Reading Room Visits (by appointment only):
£12.00 per morning/afternoon (or part thereof)
£24.00 per day

Postal/E-mail enquiries:
£24.00 per enquiry (includes a maximum of 2 hours work, further work charged at £25.00 per hour).
£6.00 short enquiry fee (simple enquiries requiring 30 minutes work or less).

A4 – 25p per page (Colour-£1.00 per page)
A3 – 40p per page (Colour-£2.00 per page)

It may not be possible to safely photocopy many of the older and frailer documents, although we may be able to provide scans in cases where the scanning process will not cause further deterioration.

£2.00 per page on plain paper or via E-mail.
£5.00 per page on photographic paper.

Digital Cameras

£6.00 per day for use of digital camera in the Reading Room.


Museums Association Members 10%
Friends of the National Motor Museum Trust 10%
Students 25%

Prices do not include postage and packing which is subject to VAT at the prevailing rate.


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