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Using the Archives

Online catalogue

 Our online catalogue is available here.

Opening hours

The reading room is open by prior appointment only, Wednesday to Friday, 9.30-1 and 2-4.30.

Enquiry service

We can answer brief (c. 30 minutes’ research time) enquiries by phone or on email and give advice on our collections, other archives to contact etc, for free. For more in-depth research, we ask that you either come to the reading room yourself, pay for us to research for you (via our online shop) or contact a freelance researcher - a list of researchers can be found on the National Archives website.

Using the reading room

It is very important that you contact us in advance of your visit, preferably with at least a week’s notice, so we can ensure the reading room is available and the records you require can be fetched for you (some collections are stored offsite). We apologise that there may be times that the reading room service is not available.

You will be asked to complete a registration form on your first visit, and show some official identification, e.g. driving licence or student card; and sign the reading room log on each visit.

In order to help the College preserve its archival holdings, you will also be asked to leave your coat, bags, laptop cases and files etc in the coin-operated lockers, and not bring any food, drink or pens into the reading room. You can use a pencil or laptop to make notes in the reading room.

If you are travelling by car, please supply us with your car registration with at least 5 working day’s notice, so we can book you a car parking space. You are at risk of being clamped if you do not arrange a space with us in advance. You can find travel directions on the College website.

How to find us

We are located on the lower-ground floor of the Davison Building. A map of campus can be found on the university website.

Facilities and services

There are toilets in the Founder’s Building, close to the archive reading room, and a shop, bank ATM and various food outlets available on campus.

Our catalogues are available online with a guide on searching. Please contact us if you need any extra help.

Printed catalogues and a selection of reference books are available in the Reading Room (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 to try.

For College members

The archivist can provide talks on aspects of College history, or the collections we hold, and workshops on using archives.

If you would like to use any of our images or text in publications, exhibitions or on the website, please contact us.

Contact us

Archivist: Harriet Costelloe 

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


Tel: +44 (0)1784 443814 (internal x3814)
Email: archives@royalholloway.ac.uk


Open by appointment only between the hours of 9.30-1 and 2-4.30 on Wednesday-Friday


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