Using the Archives
Our online catalogue is available here.
The reading room is open by prior appointment only, Wednesday to Friday, 9.30-1 and 2-4.30.
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 third floor of the South Tower of the Founder’s Building – enter through Founder’s Library. A map of the area can be found on the university website. The Founder’s Building is marked no 1. on the Campus Plan.
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.