What to bring with you
You need to show suitable identification to use our public research room and access original documents. You can also bring and use personal equipment.
Before your visit, please register with us. You can do this online via the online catalogue.
On your first visit, you will need to show us either a valid County Archives Research Network (CARN) card or documents that verify your name, address and signature (the form and a list of suitable 'Proof of Identity' documents are available as downloads to the right). We will issue you with a free CARN card if you don't already have one. You can discover more about the CARN scheme in the downloads section.
On subsequent visits we will ask to see your CARN card as proof of identity.
All identity cards are valid for four years from the date of issue. When your card is due to expire, we will replace it with a new CARN card providing you show us appropriate proof of identity again.
You are welcome to bring laptops, mobile devices, cameras and stationery into the public research room. The research room is fully wi-fi enabled.
Equipment must have a current Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) label if you want to connect it to our mains electricity supply . We offer free portable appliance tests, which are done at your own risk - please tell a member of staff if you would like to take advantage of this offer.
You can use a camera or mobile device to make copies of most original documents and publications - please see Making copies during your visit
To protect our documents, please use pencils, rather than pens, whilst in the public research room. You can buy these at our reception, along with notepads and other essentials.