There are two ways to search the catalogue - Simple Search and Advanced Search.



Simple Search

To use Simple Search enter your search term in the box located in the top right corner of every page and press the Search button. A search will be performed across the Title and Description fields of all the records in our catalogue.



Advanced Search

If you want to narrow down your search results you can use the Advanced Search page.

The fields provided are:

  • Any Text: This searches all fields of all the records in the online catalogue. You can enter any word or phrase in here.

  • Title: Use this to search through the titles of all the records in our catalogue.

  • Description: Use this to search through the descriptions of all the records in our catalogue.

  • Ref No: Use this field if you already know the reference number ("Ref No") of the record you are looking for. This will be an alpha-numeric code, always starting with "GB1752".

  • Date: You can search for dates in a variety of formats e.g. 1890 or 1880-1895 or 19th century or 1900s or early 19th century or mid 19th century or late 19th century or c1890.

You can refine your search further by clicking on "Refine Search Criteria" under the Any Text, Title and Description fields. This will provide you with the following search options:

  • With all the words: Records returned using this option will contain every word that you enter into this box.

  • With at least one of the words: Records returned using this option will contain at least one of the words that you enter into this box.

  • Without the words: Records returned using this option will not contain any of the words that you enter into this box.

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