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The Record Office has reopened

Please see ‘Reopening and Booking’ on our home page for new booking procedures and opening hours. Under latest government guidance it is compulsory to wear face coverings in libraries and public reading rooms unless you have an exemption. Visits will need to be pre-booked and we have made some additional changes in the search rooms, visitor facilities and the reception area to ensure we remain Covid-secure. Guidance from the National Archives recommends that archival materials are quarantined after use for up to 72 hours. This means the availability of our records may vary and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to be able to help by telephone or email and we encourage you to use these methods where possible. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Depositing Records

Depositing material with us

Are you thinking of depositing some of your records with us?

We regularly receive deposits of archival material, either on loan, or as a donation. In the case of a material taken on loan, the records remain the property of the depositor; though we undertake to store them securely, to preserve them and to make them available, under supervision, in our searchroom. A donation will transfer the ownership of the records to us, usually with rights over reproduction, exhibition and publication.

Please contact us if you are thinking of depositing material. We will be happy to discuss the type of deposit and any necessary arrangements. We will ask you to complete a Receipt for New Accessions form; which will tell us your contact details, whether it is a donation or deposit, and any restrictions upon access or use, as well as useful information about the records.

Our Collections Policy will give further information about the  sort of archive or local studies material we collect.