Southbank Centre Archive Studio
Research access is available by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays
It’s not a time machine, but it might as well be
Our clear-walled archive studio makes our historical collections accessible to the public.
About the Archive Studio
Found on Level 2 of the Royal Festival Hall, this purpose-built space was created by Jonathan Tuckey Design to show off materials relating to our buildings, events, exhibitions and performances.
It was designed to give everyone the chance to get hands-on with items that contributed to some of the most significant events in our cultural history.
In its distinctive turquoise boxes, it holds reference materials such as a set of monthly ‘what’s on’ guides dating from 1951 to the present day, Hayward Gallery exhibition material and historical photographs, books and articles relating to our venues.
Our regular Archive Studio events programme is on hold until spring 2022 while we do some essential collections storage work and develop the digital archive.
Our collections (which are stored in the studio and off-site) are available to researchers by appointment on Wednesdays and Fridays.
To arrange a visit email us
Our Archive Studio is known for its friendly staff and ever-growing catalogue (we’re still discovering new things in our collection).
Our archive in the news
Our archive was the venue for the launch of a national strategy for archives, Archives Unlocked, in 2017. It was on the cover of A Year in Archives 2016 and featured as a case study on the link between archives and creativity.