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Using the archives

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Explore our archives and make an appointment to use our reading room

Our online catalogue

Take a look at our archives and special collections. Our online catalogue is available here.

Enquiry service

  • We can answer brief enquiries (about 30 minutes’ research time) by phone or email, advise on our collections and suggest other archives you might want to contact.
  • For more in-depth research, you will need to come to the reading room yourself, pay for us to research for you (via our online shop) or contact a freelance researcher. You can find a list of researchers on the National Archives website.

Our reading room

  • Our reading room is open by prior appointment only, Wednesday to Friday, 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm.
  • Please contact us in advance of your visit, preferably giving us at least a week’s notice. Email or call our archivist on +44 (0)1784 443814.
  • On your first visit, we will ask you to complete a registration form and show some official identification, e.g. driving licence or student card.
  • We will ask you to sign the reading room log on each visit.
  • To help preserve our archives, we will also ask you to leave all personal possessions (coat, bags, laptop cases and files etc) in our coin-operated lockers. No food, drink or pens are allowed in the reading room. You can use a pencil or laptop to make notes.
  • If you are travelling by car, please supply us with your car registration number at least five working days before your visit so we can book you a car parking space.

How to find us

  • We are located on the lower ground floor of the Davison Building.
  • See our campus map.

Facilities and services

  • Our catalogues are available online with a guide on searching. Please contact us if you need any help.
  • Printed catalogues and a selection of reference books are available in the Reading Room. These are not for loan but there are copies to borrow in RHUL libraries, or you could try an inter-library loan service.
  • The archivist is usually on hand to assist, fetch documents and advise on further sources.
  • There are toilets in the Founder’s Building close to the archive reading room, and a shop, bank ATM and various food outlets are available on campus.
  • To use any of our images or text in publications, exhibitions etc please contact us.

Contact us

Our archivist is Harriet Costelloe.

Call us on +44 (0)1784 443814

Email us at

Write to us at:

College Archives and Special Collections
Davison Building
Royal Holloway, University of London
TW20 0EX

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