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National Jazz Archive

National Jazz Archive

Open to the public

Library or archive in Essex

100 artworks

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Within the National Jazz Archive you can freely access the most comprehensive resource on the story of jazz in the UK.

This resource goes beyond documenting the development of this thrilling, ever-evolving, musical phenomenon. It is also the story of art, fashion, cultural diversity and social progress.

Our passion isn’t just for conserving and celebrating our amazing heritage. We also look to supporting and documenting the present and future of this brilliant art form in the digital era.

And, much of this rich historical material is available online and accessible from this website. Meaning you can undertake your research from wherever you're based - So explore with us today.

Our collection of written, printed and visual material and oral histories dates back to the 1920s. It includes many unique items and draws researchers and enthusiasts from around the world.

Visitors are always welcome to see our collections at Loughton in Essex, and at Birmingham City University. You can also start by exploring our collections online.

Find prints, books, gifts and exclusive product ranges in the Art UK Shop. Purchases directly support public collections across the country

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Loughton Library Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD England

020 8502 4701

Before making a visit, check opening hours with the venue