The National Archives, Richmond-upon-Thames

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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • Great day out, they have a canteen with great food which is reasonably priced. You can learn alot and this place is addictive so you will come back time and time again.
  • Helpful staff. Straightforward to view and order records, though some of the tech could be improved (e.g. introducing a way of notifying you when an order's ready).
  • 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.
  • If you're coming only for the museum then I wouldn't bother. There's very little to it and most documents are facsimiles.
  • 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.

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