Research Room Access

Accessing Collections for Research

Collections are mainly in hard copy format and are accessed in our Research Room. (We also have some Online Digital Collections.)

Research Room Opening Hours (By Appointment)

  • See What's On for current opening/closure information.
  • Our Research Room is open, by appointment, to researchers who are registered, or who have applied and been approved to register, as a Reader with the Archives.
  • When applying to register as a Reader, please complete and return the Reader Application Form well in advance.
  • Appointments are currently available for 3 hour slots on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only.
  • Readers must read and agree to the Rules and Conditions of access
  • Original current photographic identification with signature, plus official proof of address, must be supplied on first arrival in order to complete the registration process. Written proof of researcher credentials and research purpose, such as an academic referral, may also be required.
  • There is no charge to register

Before Your Visit

  • Complete and return the Reader Application Form well in advance in order to obtain an appointment.
  • Search our online catalogue, and guide in order to locate records/collections relevant to your research, prior to your visit.
  • You may also contact the archivists who may offer assistance in your search for relevant items/collections.
  • It is required to pre-order material in advance of your appointment(s) by email using the relevant collection and item reference numbers from the online catalogue or as supplied by the archivists. A maximum of 20 items or 5 boxes, may be pre-ordered for any 3 hour appointment slot.
  • Some collections have access and copying restrictions.


  • Self service photography may be allowed on request solely for the purpose of private research and study. A yearly Self Service Photography Permission Fee applies.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Deaf loop hearing aid system
  • Power sockets for laptop/tablet computers
  • Wi-Fi
  • Photocopying/scanning service.
  • Lockers for personal articles
  • CCTV is in operation for the purposes of ensuring the security of collections and other property, and the health and safety of customers and staff.

Archives Research Room
Archives Research Room