UEA holds a remarkable range of collections which are rich in research potential. In the past, they have been used by broadcasters, such as Channel Four and the BBC, as well as by museums and galleries, academic researchers, students, writers, artists, poets, literary critics, biographers and local arts groups.  

We are always interested in exploring the potential for partnership working, whether as part of public engagement, cultural heritage or academic research 

Using our Collections for Research

Researchers at all levels are welcome to get in touch and to come and explore our archive materials, and we actively encourage the use of Special Collections material as the main subject of academic research. 

To discover our holdings and view listings of individual archives, please browse our collections pages and access our library and archives catalogues. 

Collections A-Z

Writers A-Z

Search our Collections

The Archivist, Justine Mann, justine.mann@uea.ac.uk is the first point of contact for researchers interested in knowing more about our collections. You can also contact the Academic Director, Jos Smith, jos.smith@uea.ac.uk .

We encourage/invite student research proposals, including postgraduate and postdoctoral research. We can also advise potential Visiting Archive Fellows and potential postgraduate research students and collaborators. 

Some of our contemporary writing collections also have their own Academic Curators, who can advise on research proposals that relate to their subject interests and particular collections. 

Dr Nonia Williams - Doris Lessing Archive
Professor Henry Sutton - Crime Writing Collection
Dr Thomas Boll - Literary Translation Collection
Dr Jos Smith - Nature Writing Collection

How to collaborate with us

We have worked successfully with The British Library, The University of London, Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, The National Centre for Writing, Norfolk Festival of Nature, Norfolk Record Office and the Sainsbury Centre.

Please email the Academic Director, Jos Smith, jos.smith@uea.ac.uk for an initial discussion.