Family history reopening overview


21 July 2020
With the UK beginning to emerge from lockdown, we round-up which national family history repositories are reopening when.

The UK National Archives

The UK National Archives at Kew reopens to visitors on 21 July. All visits must be booked in advance and documents ordered ahead of your visit. Documents are quarantined before being delivered to the user. 

Access is currently to the first floor reading room only. Find out more here

National Records of Scotland

At the time of writing (20 July) the NRS was still closed to the public, with staff working from home. Some urgent queries may still be processed and you can check the latest details here

The National Library of Wales

No firm reopening date has yet been released by the library’s website states that restricted office to the collections is due to start in September, with commercial reprographic services available from 1 August. Only reading room services will be available initially after reopening. 

Find out more here

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

PRONI is currently closed to the public, with no reopening date announced as yet. The website states that the first visits will be appointment only.

National Archives of Ireland

National Archives of Ireland is currently open to the public on a limited appointment only basis, with booking available here

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