The National Archives reading rooms bookings open on 19 April


16 April 2021
The National Archives has today (16 April) announced that bookings for its reading rooms in Kew will open on 19 April.

In advance of the reading rooms re-opening on 27 April, a new ‘book a visit to view our documents’ service will be live from noon (BST) on 19 April.

TNA state that for the moment, ‘reservations and advance document ordering must remain in place for now to help us manage our services in line with government and public health guidance’.

The new service will offer four weeks’ availability on a rolling basis, with new dates added daily. This means that, when it goes live on 19 April, you will be able to reserve a seat for dates between 27 April and 22 May (inclusive).

Booking arrangements

To begin with, TNA are asking visitors to book a maximum of two visits in a rolling four-week period. They will keep this limit, and all of their arrangements, under regular review.

When the reading rooms re-open on Tuesday 27 April, services will include:

  • Over 100 reading room places per day, five days a week (Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00-14:50)
  • 12 documents per day limit, plus three reserve documents in case of unavailability
  • Visits of two consecutive days will be available for visitors wishing to research bulk document orders (between 20 and 40 documents from the same catalogue series)
  • Supplementary research resources, including finding aids, microfilm/fiche and library materials, available to pre-order (currently excludes National Register of Archives lists)
  • Staffed enquiry desks and access to computers for visitors using the reading rooms
  • Limited opening of the shop (12:00-15:00) for visitors using the reading rooms

For all the latest updates, visit The National Archives website.

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