Frequently Asked Questions

On this page, we offer answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to use our Get In Touch page.


How do I arrange to view specific items from historical collections?

Please make an appointment with Sarah Wilmot via our Get in Touch page.

The Library is staffed from 09:00 to 17:30 Monday to Thursday, and 09:00 to 17:00 on Fridays.

All visits to use or view our collections much be arranged in advance.


Is there a catalogue of the works?

There are catalogues for the Rare Books collection and the History of Genetics Library.

View the Rare Books collection catalogue

View the History of Genetics Library catalogue


What about the Archives?

There is a list of the significant collections housed in the John Innes Archives.

View the list of collections housed in the John Innes Archives

The archive collections in this list are catalogued in varying levels of detail; some have brief subject listings only, others have been fully catalogued to item level.

To find out if a detailed catalogue is available for the collection you are interested in, please contact Sarah Wilmot via our Get In Touch page.

You can also search for individuals or topics related to the John Innes Centre archive, and obtain catalogues from The National Archives database.


Can you tell me more about the Bateson collection?

The John Innes collection of William Bateson material comprises some 10,000 items.

This collection is now searchable online.

The John Innes collection of Bateson photographs is also available to view online.

The Bateson and Cyril Darlington archives have recently been re-catalogued. For highlights of what this project brought to light, see Simon Coleman’s blog at http://archives.jic.ac.uk/


Can I get images or copies of works?

We may be able to arrange for digital images to be made of items in the John Innes Foundation Historical Collections. Copyright restrictions may apply. Permission to publish any of the images supplied must be sought from Kate West via kate.west@nbi.ac.uk

Restrictions may apply.


What about information on the history of the John Innes Centre?

You can explore the 100+ year history of the John Innes Centre by visiting our JIC100 page, and following the links to our special centenary website.


Can you help with specific enquiries?

Our team endeavour to answer any questions about the collections. Please send your enquiry to us via our Get In Touch page.

We can only undertake limited research within the archives and rare books.