Paying for research

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We encourage you to visit The National Archives, where you can do your research and view documents free of charge. If you want to pay someone to carry out the research on your behalf instead, you can use an independent researcher or our own paid search service.

Independent researchers are not employees of The National Archives and any arrangements made are a private matter between you and the researcher. The fees they charge vary greatly but are often less than our own charges which are fixed at rates set out by the Fees Regulations under the Public Records Act (1958).

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