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The National Archives, Richmond-upon-Thames

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  • 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 »
  • There is nothing quite like getting your hands on a pile of original documents that may not have been read for a 100 or more years. The set up here is amazing and so well organised. Its a credit to ou...  more »
  • My wife is the genealogist, I just go to do the donkey work. She could have stayed all week, 24 hrs a day. It was brilliant. Very helpful staff, great facilities and obviously the best source of histo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Surprisingly accessible with helpful staff
  • A great place to work, the fastest and easiest file delivery i know and very friendly staff. A paradise for historians!