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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

Alfred Tennyson was the most popular voice of the 19th century and the Tennyson Research Centre has arguably the best collection in the world of his papers.  Alfred Tennyson’s library and those of many family members line the room while manuscripts, proofs, letters, photographs and personal belongings are stored nearby.

Researchers can study surrounded by the libraries and belongings.  More casual visitor 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 Tennyson Research Centre are very welcome by appointment.  The archive has something to delight all who are curious.

To get a sense of the range of the collection go to where you can find catalogues to nearly all the holdings of the Tennyson Research Centre. Do explore the online exhibitions and learning resources as well.

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 782040 or email:

Tennyson’s childhood home was in the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds.  Follow his footsteps and download this guide.

Contact us

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

Tel: 01522 782040


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Last updated: 28 November 2017

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