The National Archives, Richmond-upon-Thames

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  • I went to check out some of my family history, while in the national archives the free computers also have free access to some genealogy resources. I spent two days researching and finding data about ...  more »
  • One of the most open in the world archives. Many people coming to research their family history, rather than the researchers. HP is personalised, so it therefore, prepare documents to visit and good.
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  • A recent visit to try and answer some esoteric research questions. Firstly, though, my on-line Re-registration had failed so time was wasted getting that sorted, and then I had to get the documentsa o...  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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