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The National Archives, Richmond-upon-Thames

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  • Although a little difficult to find the way in on a first visit, it was well worthwhile to do so. A modernistic buiding in heavily landscaped grounds houses millions of documents many of national hist...  more »
  • We needed to search back to find if there was a Right of Way across our field in Hampshire and where the field gate had been.  more »
  • The National Archives at Kew, SW of London, is one of the great national archives with records going back to the Domesday Book. Its facilities are primarily for researchers, including family historian...  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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