The Trust welcomes all members of the public to make an appointment and access the diverse range of collections we hold.

Reading Room

A Reading Room is available by advance appointment only at The Grange free of charge to researchers who wish to consult collections held by the Trust.

Here, Trust staff are available to help you find the material you are looking for, whether it is for academic research or for local, family or business history or personal interest.

The wealth of collections can support a range of research across local and family history, the history of Clarks and the shoemaking industry, costume and fashion history, Quakerism in Street and social history.

Planning your research visit

It is essential that you contact the Trust in advance of any planned visits so staff can ensure that material of relevance is available and a member of collections staff is on site to help you during your visit. Some collections are stored off-site and may require a minimum of 48 hours’ notice before availability.

On arrival

Please bring some photographic ID and proof of current address with you. On your initial visit, you will be asked to register as a reader by completing a Reader Registration Form.

Using the collections

Completion of the Reader Registration Form confirms your awareness of our Handling Guidelines for the archive and object collections. Please read these carefully before or on arrival as observing these helps the Trust to preserve the collections for future generations. Many items in our custody are old and fragile and need extreme care whilst being used. Balancing preservation and access considerations is a major priority for the Trust.

After you have registered, Trust staff will be able to advise on the material that you wish to consult. Due to commercial sensitivities and to data protection and copyright legislation, some items are closed to the public. Please speak to one of the Trust staff if you have any queries on this topic.

Reprographics and publication

It may be possible to photocopy or photograph items of interest. A range of charges cover the various options, which are outlined in detail in the Trust’s service charges leaflet. Always check with a member of staff before undertaking any reproductions. Trust staff will be able to advise on whether it is necessary to complete any permissions forms.

Enquiry service

If you are not able to visit the Grange research facilities in person, an enquiry service is available on a chargeable basis. Please contact us to discuss your proposed research topic.



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