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Tennyson Research Centre

The Tennyson Research Centre, newly housed in Lincolnshire Archives, is the most significant collection on Alfred Tennyson in the world.

Image of Alfred Tennyson

For primary material related to Tennyson, the research centre has no equal. Tennyson’s library and those of many family members are held with manuscripts, proofs, letters, photographs and personal belongings and papers.

Researchers can study surrounded by the libraries and personalia and the more casual visitors can arrange a ‘tour’ to see some of the highlights which include:

  • The letter of sympathy from Queen Victoria to Tennyson on the death of his son
  • The copy of Through the Looking Glass that Lewis Carroll gave to Tennyson
  • Prince Albert’s letter to Tennyson asking for his autograph
  • The altered drafts of The Charge of The Light Brigade
  • Cameron’s photographs of ‘King Arthur’
  • Hand-illustrated editions by enthusiastic amateurs

Groups and individual visits to the Research Centre are very welcome by appointment.  The nature of the archive would, like Tennyson’s own work in his time, suit all ages and many interests.

The Lincs To The Past website contains the catalogues to nearly all the holdings of the Tennyson Research Centre. Put ‘TRC’ in the search box to see all the letters, libraries, images and papers and ‘LCNTE’ in the search box for all the possessions and paraphernalia. Online exhibitions and learning resources are available.

The centre is open Monday to Wednesday 9.30am to 2.30pm. Arrangements are made for longer research visits and visits later in the week. Please contact the centre to book. Telephone: 01522 552651 or email: You can follow the Tennyson Research Centre on twitter @TennysonLincs.

Contact us

Tennyson Research Centre
Lincolnshire Archives
St Rumbold Street
Lincoln, LN2 5AB

Tel: 01522 782 040
Fax: 01522 575011


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Last updated: 7 March 2017

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