Our unique, globally significant collections comprise over 2.5 million items, including astronomical and navigational instruments, manuscripts, ship models, ship plans, coins, medals, flags, rare books, fine and decorative art, uniforms and weapons. We provide access to these collections in many ways – through our exhibitions and galleries, our library and archive, through activities and events and also online.
We receive thousands of enquiries each year so staff are only able to respond to those which relate to objects in our collections. We recommend using the library or our online catalogues for any information on our collections.
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The Caird Archive and Library is a world class resource for researching our subject areas including:
It is free to access you just need to register in advance for a reader’s ticket and provide the necessary identification. Find out more about the Caird Library
We provide online and digital access to an increasing amount of material in the collections. Find out more about our online archives and collections
If you want to view an object that is not currently on display as part of your research please contact the Collections Storage and Access Team at email@example.com
Unfortunately because of the number of enquiries we receive we are unable to carry out research on your behalf. If you have a specific enquiry relating to an item in our collections and cannot find the information you need on Collections Online please email our curators at firstname.lastname@example.org .
If your enquiry does require in depth research we do have a list of independent researchers who have left their names with us and may be able to carry our research on your behalf. Please note that the Museum does not formally endorse these researchers and that they will require payment for any work undertaken.