Motoring Research Service

A group of students carrying out research in The National Motor Museum Collections Centre
Woman reading a historic book in the Collections Centre Reading Room
Group of researchers in the Reading Room at the National Motor Museum

Please be aware that we are still unable to accept any visitors onsite to the Reading Room or Collections Centre. We will do our best to respond to any enquiries or research requests via our online enquiry form. Thank you for your understanding.

The Motoring Research Service responds to factual enquiries received by the National Motor Museum Trust and assists researchers to access information that may be found within its collections.

We provide access to the Trust reading room for those wishing to undertake their own research using material from the Motoring Archive and our world famous Motoring Reference Library. Visitors to the reading room are required to show proof of identity.

Opening Times

Man photographing books in the Reading Room at the National Motor MuseumThe reading room is open by appointment at the following times:

Tuesday to Friday, 10.00 – 13.00 & 14.00 – 17.00

Closed between Christmas and New Year.

We also operate a postal and email enquiry service to answer questions about our Collections and about motoring history in general. We can assist with simple enquiries; for more complex research we do recommend that you visit our reading room.

We aim to reply to all enquiries within 28 days.

Download our Motoring Research Service charges

Contact Us

You can contact us in the following ways:

Email using the online enquiry form or telephone 01590 614652 (answer phone service for appointments only please, as we are unable to operate a telephone enquiry service).

Alternatively, you can write to us:

Motoring Research Service
National Motor Museum Trust
SO42 7ZN

If you would like a copy of any of our images, please visit our dedicated Motoring Picture Library website