The National Archives, Richmond-upon-Thames

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  • August 12, 2017
    If this were a review of the archive itself, it would get five stars. But for a visitor attraction, all there is to see is the Keeper's Gallery, a small free museum opposite the cafe area, which is wo...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Get a readers ticket and order items ahead. Then things are seamless. Otherwise you will spend your time waiting. If you are American, do not expect to work as easily as you do at home. No ten cent co...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    I am a professional historian and have visited many archives around the world. This UK national archives are great. Very well organized and efficient with a polite and helpful staff. There's a cafe on...  more »
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  • If you're coming only for the museum then I wouldn't bother. There's very little to it and most documents are facsimiles.
  • Great place for historic documents and items of national history. Staff helpful and great cafeteria! Make sure if you attend for the first time you take ID to get your readers ticket. Also allow time to do the online training and tests on how to handle documents and behave whilst in this hallowed place.
  • Very well run!
  • Incredible resource for researchers, the one and only thing that could be improved is the duplication service - which is not very well organized and is quite expensive, I think its a bit daft paying £8 for a "page-check" for a digital copy of a document, which has probably been "page-checked" innumerable times before, the cost per page is then about triple that of other European government archives (like the Bundesarchiv or the Swiss National Archives). If you are willing to travel and take your own camera its excellent, staff are very professional, and the degree of access permitted compared to some government archives in other countries, is first class. Kew is really designed to be visited to get the most from it.
  • A fantastic national and international facility for academic historians, with an excellent education service for history students of all ages. My only grievance is its location at Kew. Those of us living in "the provinces" not only have to get into London by train but then out again to Kew. The National Archive should have been located in the centre of the country or somewhere easier to access.

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