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LONDON METROPOLITAN ARCHIVES £35.00 per hour
LONDON (other than TNA, Kew)
(excludes special visits, see below)
Guildhall Library £35.00 per hour
Westminster Archives £35.00 per hour
Society of Geneallogists' Library £35.00 per hour
British Library £35.00 per hour
Camden Archives £35.00 per hour
Islington Local History Centre £35.00 per hour
Southwark Local Studies Library £35.00 per hour
Kensington Local Studies Library £35.00 per hour
Richmond Local Studies Library £35.00 per hour
Westminster Reference Library
(stage & theatre archives) £35.00 per hour
British Postal Museum & Archive £35.00 per hour
WEST SUSSEX COUNTY RECORD OFFICE £28.00 per hour
I do not charge extra for travelling time or travel expenses to any of the regularly-visited archives listed above; the hourly charges are exactly what you pay for searches at the archives
Other London archives by special arrangement @ £38.00 per hour (minimum 4-hour search fee, with deduction for travelling time from nearest regularly-visited record office), include:
Caird Library (National Maritime Museum, Greenwich);
Royal College of Surgeons (records currently at London Metropolitan Archives, not currently requiring a special visit);
Barts & London Hospital Archives Department;
UCL (University College London) Special Collections & Archives;
Library of the Society of Friends (Quakers);
Archives of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew;
Westminster Abbey Muniments Room (for certain Westminster coroners' inquest records only).
For these visits the time taken to travel from and return to the nearest regularly-visited London archive will be deducted from the hours allocated. In addition, an administration fee of £30.00 may be charged for enquiries or visits to institutions (e.g. university libraries) which require me to supply ID and/or references before I can access records of interest.
Visits to other London, Surrey, Middlesex & West Sussex libraries and record offices (not listed above) and to archive departments of other London universities are by special arrangement @ £38.00 per hour and are subject to a minimum 4-hour search fee with deduction for travelling time. In addition, an administration fee of £30.00 may be charged for visits to locations where I am required to supply in advance ID and/or references before I can access records of interest.
Visits to London, Surrey & West Sussex churches which retain their parish registers are by special arrangement and are subject to a minimum 4-hour search fee @ £38.00 per hour: for these visits the time taken to and from the nearest regularly-visited record office will be deducted from the hours allocated.
Photography of London, Surrey & West Sussex churches or graves by special arrangement and individual quotation, to include a charge for travelling time.
Reports are usually sent by e-mail, to avoid charges for postage. No charge is made for time spent preparing and typing your report.
The only additional charges relate to postage and copies/photos (if required), payable after the search is completed but before despatch:
Postage to UK, 1st class recorded, standard charge for up to 16 x A4 or up to 8 X A3 copies = £4.50 per envelope; £6.00 per tube;
Postage to overseas destinations, International Signed For or Airsure postage: charges vary according to destination, at cost plus £2.00 handling. Items addressed PO Box Nos. have to be sent using Airsure.
Should any items sent by these methods go astray in the post, they will be replaced and re-sent free of charge. The charges made cover personal visits to the Post Office; the time taken is not deducted from your search time.
For basic tracking of copies/photos sent by International Signed For post or Airsure, enter the reference number I provide at:
If you are out when the postman attempts to deliver your package, a card will be left with details of how to arrange re-delivery. It is your responsibility to arrange re-delivery within 2 weeks of the original delivery attempt. Please let me know in advance if you are going away for an extended holiday so that your documents are not sent during this time.
Please request copies (if found) at the time of placing order:
For copies which I am able to obtain self-service from microfilm, fiche or volume: £0.80 per A4 page (no charge for spoils)
Computer or digitised microfilm printouts: £0.50 per A4 page
For copies which have to be made by archive staff: at cost
Where digital photography* is permitted (completion of copyright declaration form may be required) digital photos can be provided:
Digital photos, sent in a zipped folder by e-mail via Opentext and available for downloading from that site for 2 months.
Special arrangements applying to searches at the National Archives:
National Archives' managers made a decision to remove all self-service copying facilities in December 2017, so it is no longer possible for me to obtain paper copies of entries found in any records at the National Archives which have been microfilmed or digitized or which are viewed on microfiche. Instead of paper copies, I am usually able to provide a client with a digital copy from microfilm, microfiche or computer of any relevant entry which accompanies their report. If it is not possible to provide a digital copy by e-mail, a transcription of the entry will be provided, together with a photograph of the entry taken from the microfilm or microfiche reader or from the computer screen (n.b. the quality of such photos is not as good as the quality of the paper copies formerly provided).
Photographing of entries found in original material will continue as previously.
I do not make any charge for copies of material viewed at the National Archives if sent to clients as digital copies, or for folders of photos sent by e-mail via Hightail Send/Opentext.
*Some record offices (including London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library) charge a fee for the use of a digital camera and this fee would be payable by the client in addition to the charges above. If photos are taken for more than one client at the same archive on the same day, then the permit fee will be divided between them unless separate fees for each client are charged by the specific record office.
Digital camera day permits - current fees charged by archives (subject to change at any time):
|National Archives, Kew:||free|
|London Metropolitan Archives:||£7.00 per day|
|Guildhall Library:||£5.00 per client per day|
|SOG Library:||£5.00 per client per day if permitted|
|Westminster Archives:||£5.15 per client (per up to 10 photos taken) per day|
|Southwark Local History:||£6.00 per client per day if permitted|
Camden Archives Centre
Islington Local History Centre:
£5.00 per client (per up to 10 photos taken) per day
£4.00 per client per day
West Sussex Record Office:
£12.50 per client per day