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Our museum reopens on Wednesday 19 May. Find out more on the Visit page

Copying and Copyright

Our copying service has now fully reopened. Where possible, please send new orders or queries via email to copy.service@railwaymuseum.org.uk. Some orders may take longer than normal due to high levels of demand.


Order prints of the drawings, photographs and posters in our collections, check our copyright restrictions, and find out options for copying our books, magazines and archive materials.

Help with copying

Details of prices, standards and delivery times are included on our order form below. If you have a query about how to place an order, or need to contact us about an existing order, please email copy.service@railwaymuseum.org.uk.

To search for an item in our collection that you would like to get copied, please take a look at our catalogues. If you cannot find what you need, we are happy to provide advice and guidance to help you search our catalogues. You can email the team at search.engine@railwaymuseum.org.uk

If you need to conduct in-depth research or view the contents of an item in our collection before ordering copies we recommend visiting Search Engine. If you are unable to visit, you may find our Inreach service useful.

Copyright

Making and ordering copies

Provided that your copying is for private research, you can plan a research visit and make copies of books or journals in our library using our self-service photocopier. You can also take photographs of items in our archives for free, subject to signing a declaration that your copying is for private research during your visit. 

You can also order copies from books, journals, engineering drawings, microfilm, photographic prints and other archive material without visiting the museum by placing a copy order. Prices and further information about ordering copies can be found on our order form. You can download our order form below:

Where possible, please return you order form by email to copy.service@railwaymuseum.org.uk

Photographs and posters

You can search our photographic collection and poster collection online.

To order high resolution scans of our photographs and posters, please visit the Science and Society Picture Library, where you can also request a license to share or publish an image.

You can buy a print directly from SSPL in a wide range of sizes, formats and prices. 

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