Tips for Searching

You can search for any words, phrases, or a date.

Please bear in mind that the search looks for exact phrases. For example, if you search for Anna Seward then you wouldn’t get any results where the poet is listed as Seward, Anna or any records that simply include Seward. So to get the best results, search for a single word, and then use the ‘search within the results’ box to narrow your search down.

To see more information about an object, click on the record number to enter the ‘Detail’ view.

You can search by types of objects too – search for ‘painting’ or ‘letter’ for example.

You can see the entire database by clicking ‘run search’ when the box is empty.

Please contact us at if you require any assistance with the online search. We hope that you enjoy using our collection search.