Preparing to Visit
Before you visit
All visitors need to register on the Archives and Records Association (ARA) Archives card system.
If you do not already have an Archives Card, please apply for one online in advance of your visit. This replaces the discontinued County Archives Research Network (CARN) reader’s card.
All first time users of an ARA Archives Card will need to bring two forms of ID to validate their application.
By registering using the ARA Archives Card system, we'll be able to log your visit. See our privacy notice for more information.
Making an appointment
We are excited to introduce our new online catalogue with integrated booking system.
See here to search for documents held. Select items of interest by clicking the star symbol, on the right hand side of each catalogue entry. These items will then appear in the 'saved records' tab at the top of the screen. To make an appointment, open the 'saved records' tab and select 'Book a visit' in the 'Actions' box. You may also contact us about certain records using the same method. Not all records selected will be orderable. This may be because you have chosen whole collection or series references or possibly closed material. See the help section for further guidance.
You will be asked to select a convenient date. Every effort will be made to accommodate our users but we suggest that you also provide an alternative date to avoid disappointment. Our opening times are Tuesday-Friday 9.00am-4.30pm.
We need 3 working days’ notice to process all pre-orders and you can order up to 10 documents per visit. If you know that you'll need to see more than 10 documents, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each booking will be confirmed by email. During the booking process, you will be asked to read and agree to our terms of access.
If you feel unwell on the day of your visit, please call us on 01452 425295 to rearrange your appointment.
We will keep all our arrangements under review in accordance with the latest Government guidance so please check the website before visiting next time.