Galton Collection research

The Galton Collection is an excellent resource for researchers with an interest in the history of science. Enquiries from individual researchers who wish to gain access to the collection for study are welcome.

Research objects

Research Appointments

Admission to the Galton Collection for research visits is by appointment only. 

  • To allow for ease of scheduling, you are advised to visit on Thursdays and to book your appointment as far in advance as possible.
  • You should have a good idea of what you want to see at the time of booking. It is possible to preview the collection via the Galton Collection Online Catalogue.
  • To make an appointment, please email the curator with details of your name, the purpose of your visit, proposed dates of your visit and contact details. We we get in touch by email or telephone, either confirming the date or suggesting another. If you have any particular access requirements, please let us know so that we can ensure we meet them as fully as possible e.g. wheelchair/mobility access; magnification equipment.
  • All research visits will be facilitated and supervised by the curator or a member of UCL Museums staff.
  • Please feel free to bring study materials and laptops, but leave food and drink (including bottled water), pens and chewing gum away from the room. Only pencils may be used.
  • On your first visit you will be asked to complete a registration form.
  • At the start of your visit you will be directed on how to handle the objects.  Please remember that you will be handling original, historically significant objects and that these should be treated with great care.
  • You may take your own photographs of the objects for non-commercial research purposes. We will ask you to fill in a form to register this. Photography orders for publication and commercial use must be made via the Galton Collection.

Research undertaken by external researchers

  • Galton and the Archaeology of Race
  • Galton, the science of mental ability and late 19th Century texts
  • Galton's Photography in relation to other visual practices in the late 19th Century in Europe
  • Life writing, psychoanalysis and the problem of Narrative Authority
  • The Hottentot Venus in Print: Science, Aesthetics and the Popular
  • A Social History of Obsession: Disability, Statistics and Psychiatry
  • Galton's "Number Forms", comparison of modern data with that collected in 1870's - 1880's on mental faculty

Research at UCL Museums & Collections