Changes affecting visitors to The National Archives

If you are planning a visit to The National Archives, please be aware of these changes that may affect you.

Large suitcases and bags no longer allowed on site

Large suitcases, bags and other items too big to fit into our lockers are no longer allowed into our building.  This change is being introduced for safety and security reasons, and is in line with arrangements at similar institutions across London.

Our lockers can accommodate items with a maximum size of 43 cm x 42 cm x 24 cm. Please make arrangements in advance of a visit to leave larger luggage elsewhere.

This change does not include pushchairs or baby buggies, which are still welcome in our building.

Changes to self-service copying facilities from 11 December

From 11 December 2017, we will no longer provide self-service printing facilities or camera stations for users on site.

You will still be able to obtain copies of documents. For original documents, you are welcome to bring in your camera, phone or other device to take images (please note that devices that illuminate or physically touch a document will not be permitted). Digital documents can be downloaded on site and sent via email, free of charge.

If you require high-quality paper copies of original records, our record copying service will be able to provide these for you at our standard advertised rates.

Changes to document ordering hours from 1 January

From 1 January 2018, document ordering in our reading rooms will begin at 09:30 and finish at 16:00 every day we are open to the public.

If you advance order documents before your visit – or if you have reserved documents from a previous visit – you will be able to access these documents when the reading rooms open at 09:00. Advance ordering will close at 16:00 on the working day before a visit.

Our reading room opening times will remain unchanged.

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