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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.

Our Policies

Our main policies are available to view and download below. They give more details about how we provide our service and what you can expect from us.

In a nutshell: we want to ensure everyone can use and enjoy the heritage resources we care for and make available. Our policies provide a framework rather than a rulebook and we aim to be responsive and flexible to individual needs within the context of professional best practice.

If you have any questions or comments relating to our policies please contact us.