A centre for learning and research
Our Reading Room is the heart of a centre for learning and research; a quiet sanctuary for readers, students and staff who need to concentrate.
The Reading Room bookcases and furniture were designed, crafted, and installed by the prestigious North Yorkshire company, Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd, also known as ‘The Mouseman of Kilburn’.Thompson’s use only the best quality sustainable oak and skill to create the finest pieces.The bookcases alone used 19 English oaks, took 5,500 hours to produce, and over 1,000 hours to install, and all the pieces in the Reading Room feature Thompson's trade mark mouse motif.
See 'Mice in the Reading Room: a new home for The Rothschild Archive in The Rothschild Archive Annual Review 2012-2013 for more about the creation of this unique space.
Access & Conditions of use of the Reading Room
Researchers using the Reading Room are expected to abide by our policy outlining access and conditions of use of the Reading Room. Read our current Reading Room Policy here »