About the Tate research repository

The Tate Research Repository is an open access repository for the research produced by Tate staff and research associates.

Research underpins much of what we do at Tate, from staging exhibitions to collecting artworks and finding out how best to care for them, and supporting our visitors to engage and learn. Research at Tate involves a range of subject disciplines, including art history, conservation and conservation science, collection management, education and museology, as well as a variety of research methods and outputs.


Repository aims

The aims of the repository are to:

     1. Provide a reliable source of information about research undertaken by Tate staff, individually or in collaboration with other research organisations

     2. Provide a single point of open access to our full-text research outputs wherever possible

     3. Make our research easier to find, and enhance the contribution we make to UK and international research

     4. Respond to the open access expectations of our research funders.

Material not produced by or in association with Tate staff is not eligible for inclusion.


Content in the repository

The repository houses material such as journal articles, conference papers, books and book chapters, reports, datasets, images, video and blog posts. Where the full item cannot be added, metadata about the research output is provided together with a link to the full item where possible.


Shared repository service

The repository is part of a Shared Research Repository pilot service, encompassing the research outputs of a small number of UK cultural and heritage institutions: the British Library, British Museum, Tate, National Museums Scotland, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Our six separate repositories can be visited each in turn or explored together via a single search through the collaborative Shared Repository page. The British Library manages the shared repository service. In the current beta phase, we welcome your feedback on our repository and the shared repository beta service.

The other repositories can be found here:

British Museum research repository

Kew research repository

MOLA research repository

National Museums Scotland research repository

British Library research repository



The repository is built using Samvera Hyku, a rapidly developing open source repository software in which multitenancy is a key feature. The British Library’s shared repository pilot project is an early adopter of the Hyku platform and the Library looks forward to sharing its experience around scalability, multi-tenancy and user experience.

The repository metadata is available for harvesting via the OAI-PMH protocol. The base URL is https://tate.iro.bl.uk/catalog/oai