Access the Collections

Supporting research and sharing the Bute Collection.

If you have an enquiry, a permission request, or wish to visit to conduct research, please contact the Collections Team at Mount Stuart:


The Bute Collection at Mount Stuart is an extraordinary resource for learning and research. The Collections Team are able to advise on the feasibility of enquiries on a case-by-case basis.

Please note that from 1st April 2024, an initial 30 minutes (free of charge) is allocated to each enquiry to allow searches and checks to be made and a reply sent to the enquirer. Any further searches that are required for the enquiry are charged at £30 per hour, for up to a maximum of 4 hours per enquiry.

We receive a large volume of enquiries every year, which are replied to in order of receipt. We very much appreciate your patience for our reply, and will respond to your enquiry as soon as we can. If you have a question for the Collections Team, please supply as much information as possible when sending your initial enquiry.

Reproductions & Permissions

The Bute Collection at Mount Stuart is privately owned, and permission is essential for the reproduction of images or information, whether for private study or for commercial publication.

Please supply as much detail as possible for your reproduction or permission request (e.g. type of use, synopsis of publication, publisher, print run, language, and distribution area). Conditions for permission will be supplied on receipt of your request.

Research Visits

We will be delighted to welcome you for a research visit to consult the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart. Research visits are strictly by advance appointment only, at a charge of £20 per day. We ask all researchers to give at least two weeks' notice so that we can prepare for your visit to us.

Before your visit, please complete and return by email or post the Reader Registration Form, by which you also confirm that you have read and agreed to meet our conditions of access and Reading Room Regulations. Please contact the Collections Team for more information:

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