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Reading room now closed

Two major building projects mean that our reading room will close until June 2013


Entrance to the new Archive Centre. Image: Stanton Williams Architects. BPF is building a new Archive Centre at The Red House, and making better use of the vacated space in our existing buildings, ahead of Britten's centenary in 2013. This means that The Red House site is closed to the public - including researchers - during the construction period. Our aim is to welcome readers back to the enhanced facilities of the new Archive Centre in June 2013.

During the closed period it will not be possible to offer physical access to any of our collections.
We will still operate our enquiries service (enquiries@brittenpears.org) and provide as much of a ‘long distance’ service as possible. With no access to material in storage, however, there will inevitably be a small number of enquiries that will have to wait until the June 2013 re-opening.

BPF would like to apologise for any inconvenience these arrangements may cause. We are sure that readers will understand that a building project of this size, on a site such as ours, will inevitably cause some disruption, and will agree that the long-term safety of this irreplaceable collection must be our first priority.
If you have any questions about our reader services over the coming two years, or are planning a research visit here, please contact us.