How do I search the catalogue?

There are three ways to search the catalogue.  On the home page you can use the search box to do a basic word search, just like you would on Google.

If you are looking for something specific, use Advanced Search.

Use the text box to search for a person or organisation. 

You can narrow your search to look for specific dates, parts of the collection or just records that have associated images. 

If you know the number of the item you are looking for you can search using this too.

What if I can’t find what I’m looking for?

Searching will only find the exact words used in the catalogue, so it is always worth trying to use an alternative term for your search.

Our collection and archive are currently being catalogued so please keep checking back as we add more records. 

Whilst we develop this service, if you can’t find what you are looking for please get in contact with the archive team at

Why is there no image for most items?

We are working to digitise and photograph some of our collection. However, many items are still in copyright and cannot be added without copyright clearance and funding to digitise.

If you need to view an item, please make an appointment with the archive or request a scan.

We will supply where possible subject to copyright law and other restrictions that may prevent/limit us.

Copying is subject to charge.

Can I use available images for my research?

You are welcome to use these images for personal study.  Conditions apply and all images are subject to UK copyright law.

You must contact the Archive team before using any images in a publication, website, TV programme, film or reproducing them in any way.  The team can also supply high resolution images for print and design. This is subject to a fee. 

I’ve got some information about an object or record on the catalogue?

If you want to report an error, or if you have more information to add, please email 

Alternatively, you can telephone us 01603 59 3491.
Please  include as much information as possible.

How do I make an appointment to visit the archive?

We are open to UEA staff and students. Please pre-book your visit  and await confirmation of your booking.  Although we're unable to accept non UEA visitors in person at present, we are dealing with enquiries and providing access to items in our collections remotely where possible. 

Please contact us via email: 

Under normal circumstances, visitors and researchers are always welcome to come and look at the collection.

However, booking is essential to ensure that space is available and that the records you wish to look at are accessible.

It is also advisable to check in advance whether the collection includes the type of material that you want.

We are happy to advise you whether a visit is likely to be worthwhile in the future when access resumes. Because of the nature of archives we can't always be certain that you will find the information you require but we may be able to suggest other options.