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Using the archives

***UPDATE: 25/1/2021 ***


Staff have very limited access to the physical archives, but will try to help as much as possible.  Please also see our online catalogue, transcripts and info sheets - you may find what you are looking for there.  

Our Reading Room is open Monday – Thursday, 9.30am to 3pm, by appointment only, and closed on all public holidays and during other advertised periods of University closure.

If you wish to come in to undertake research, please email the Archives Team

What you’ll need to present

All researchers are required to produce proof of identity and will need to complete a Reader Registration form on their first visit to the Archive.

In line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Environmental Regulations, the general records held in the University Archives are open to the public, unless specific exemptions apply. Records containing personal data may be exempt from disclosure under GDPR. 

Unable to visit the Reading Room?

We provide a research service for those unable to visit the Archives in person.

 Charges for our research service 2021:

  • £7.50 for an initial look up, i.e. a person, particular school
  • £7.50 per 30 minutes for more detailed research, time to be capped by you  
  • Further charges for photocopying or scanning may apply – please contact us for details.

However, we cannot undertake complex research or data analysis on your behalf.  In this case, you are welcome to set up an appointment to visit us.  We normally try to undertake the research within 2 weeks.

Learn more by contacting the Archives team.