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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.

Admission and ID

It is free to use the Record Office but pre-booking is now required. Please see details of our new booking system.

To minimise contact, we are currently not issuing or using reader’s tickets. The CARN system has ended and the replacement Archives Card will be introduced in due course.



You will still need to bring identification with proof of your name and current address and signature. The following forms of identification are acceptable:

  • Valid CARN ticket
  • Driving licence
  • Utility bill (current)
  • Council Tax bill/Council rent book
  • Medical card (with address)
  • Bank statement
  • Vehicle Registration document
  • Official letter
If providing suitable identification is a problem for you please contact the office using the details below.
We aim to help everyone to use our services and to ensure that lack of identification is not a barrier to access.

For security reasons, bags are not allowed into the searchrooms. Lockers are available (free) for secure storage of your belongings.