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Open archive session

Open Archive: Inspiration, Sculpture and Our Natural World


Henry Moore Archive

Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire

Drop-in, no booking needed

Included in an annual ticket

A black and white, square format, photo of a tree in winter with bare branches.

Join the Henry Moore Archive team to explore the development of Henry and Irina’s Moore’s home, studios and the surrounding landscape over nearly half a century.

The archive team have pulled together material from our extensive archive to allow you to delve into several themes inspired by our 2024 season ‘ Inspiration, Sculpture and Our Natural World.

Through photographs, letters, articles and Moore’s own writings you can discover how the artist was inspired by his surroundings: the colours, objects, wildlife, trees and shrubs, the skies, light and changing seasons.

Trace how Irina Moore transformed the landscape into an outdoor gallery and how Moore developed the site to enable the production of his works on a grand scale.

Open Archive sessions are included in your annual ticket.
Drop-in, no booking needed.

A black and white photo showing a huge, white abstract sculpture under a large greenhouse-like structure. In the foreground, an older man is bending to one side, using his arms to mimic the curved shape of the sculpture.
Henry Moore checks the plaster version of 'Double Oval' (LH 516) in the Plastic Studio in 1967. Photo: John Hedgecoe.

Stories from the Henry Moore Archive

Discover more of the hidden histories of Moore’s sculptures in these stories from the Henry Moore Archive.


This event is included in an annual ticket. It is a drop-in event, so there’s no need to book.

  • If you already have an annual ticket, just come along on the day and bring your annual ticket with you.
  • If you do not have an annual ticket, you can buy one online or from the ticket desk when you arrive and return to the Studios & Gardens as often as you like, during open season, for 12 calendar months.


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About the Henry Moore Archive

The world’s leading resource on Henry Moore, containing publications, correspondence, photographs and exhibition material.

Getting here

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with a visit to the artist’s former home, studios and sculpture gardens.

Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom

T:  01279 843 333