Visit the Archive & Library

Access the Archive and Library – The most comprehensive resource on Flanagan’s artistic practice

Flanagan’s archive, library and website enables a full exploration of Flanagan’s artistic practice & its contributions to visual culture.

The archive includes sketches, plans for sculptures, writings, notebooks, photographs, source material and is made up of 1,100 archive files. The Library includes Exhibition catalogues, Fiction & Non Fiction and consists of 2000 publications collected by Flanagan and collated by the Estate.

By visiting you will gain full access to the available archive files and the publications in the Library. Researchers may also apply for digital copies or photocopies to be made for a nominal fee.

Follow the instructions below to arrange for an appointment.

See the Notes to Researchers for further background information.

Before your Application

Use our online Archive and Library to identify what you would like to view and note the archive file code or library label to provide with your application. Researchers may apply for digital copies or photocopies to be made for a nominal fee.


View the Archive & Library
View the Archive & Library
Book your Appointment

The LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE is open by invitation and appointment to those conducting specialised studies of Barry Flanagan’s work or related subjects. It is not open to the general public or to walk-in visitors. Requests for appointments or specific research questions may be sent in the first instance via the application form. Please include a thorough description of your project so that we may assess whether or how we may best assist you. Requests must include your name, contact information and relevant work or school affiliation.

Book your Appointment here
Book your Appointment here

Appointments can be made between 10:00am and 12.00 pm and 2:00pm to 4.00 pm

Once You Are Here

We will register your arrival and give you the files and or books you requested. Standard researcher guidelines are enforced (See FAQ’s or Researcher guidelines document) and researchers will be under staff supervision.

Do not make travel arrangements until your appointment has been confirmed. If you can no longer make your appointment, let us know at least 24 hours in advance so that your slot can be reallocated.


We accept groups on a case by case basis please ensure that you make this known on your application and we will contact you to go through the details.


Unfortunately, the archive and library are not wheelchair accessible as there is no lift to the premises. Please contact us and we can assist you through alternative arrangements.


You can leave coats and bags on the coat rack in the Reading Room at your own risk.

How To Get Here

The Flanagan archive is located in the same building as AB Fine Art Foundry in East London.

Our address is: Unit 5b, 1 Fawe Street, London E14 6PD

Closest transport station: Langdon Park DLR

Upon arrival please press the Unit 5b buzzer and one of our staff will let you in. Alternatively call the office on +44 (0)20 7510 0024.


Not sure how to use the website for your research project? Use our FAQs to find answers.

How do I visit the archive?

Our archive and library are open to researchers by appointment. To make a booking click here

What is the difference between the physical archive and the online archive?

Our physical archive is comprised of 160 boxes of sketchbooks, diaries, correspondence, writings, photographs and casting records that span the whole of Flanagan’s career from the late 1950s to 2009.  Our online archive offers access to this catalogue of records, with 2,500 scanned documents available to view.  However for various reasons not all our records are available online.  If you are interested in visiting us in person please contact us.

I would like to include an artwork or archive material by Barry Flanagan for an exhibition I am curating, who should I contact?

Please contact us at the estate in the first instance as we will be able to advise you whether an artwork is available for loan and if it is whom best to contact.

Unsure how to use the website for your research project?

Our archive and library boasts the most comprehensive collection of research materials relating to Barry Flanagan and his artistic practice. The site includes links between pages for artworks, publications, exhibitions and archive files. Related archival documentation is tied to artworks and exhibitions, while exhibited and published works are connected to shows, books and journals. This interconnectivity encourages exploration and supports countless avenues of research.

I have materials related to Barry Flanagan and his practice that may be of interest to the Estate. What should I do with these?

We are always looking to develop our records and resources and would be pleased to have your input. Please contact us with any additional information you have on work, exhibitions, events or other aspects of Flanagan’s practice.

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