Changes in the first floor reading rooms

In this release

Please be aware that building works are currently taking place on site: we are constructing a versatile new events space on the first floor. These works are scheduled to be completed in mid-May 2017.

To allow the works to take place, we have relocated the enquiry desk within our reading rooms and rearranged some of the furniture and facilities.

We are also replacing some of our cables at this time: please look out for hazard signs and cordoned-off areas.

All of our regular services will be available throughout these works, but there may be some noise and inconvenience to visitors as a result. We will keep disruption to a minimum but you may wish to consult our website or our Twitter feed before travelling to Kew.

There is an area for quiet research at the far end of the open reading room, behind the library shelving. This is available to all visitors who wish to use it.

An artist’s impression of the new events space.

An artist’s impression of the new events space.

Why are we making these changes?

Archives Inspire lays out our plans for the future. We aim to grow our audience and connect with new users, giving more people an opportunity to engage with the unique richness of our collection and experience a personal connection with our nation’s history.

Our goals include re-imagining and reconfiguring our Kew site so it can become a more vibrant and welcoming learning environment, better-equipped to deliver services and events for a wide range of visitors.

The first project to redevelop our public restaurant was completed in 2016. The next project will result in the creation of a large events space and is due for completion in May 2017.

We are actively seeking funding to achieve our future plans. These include creating new learning spaces for children, young people and adults and developing new exhibition spaces to showcase our collection and accommodate a range of exhibits.

As we progress with our plans, there will be elements that may affect visits to The National Archives.  All our regular services will remain available, but please keep an eye on our website for updates on potential disruption and changes taking place on site.

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