The National Archives

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Admission Free
Ruskin Avenue, Kew
Tel 020 8876 3444
Open: Wed, Fri & Sat 9-5pm
Tues & Thurs 9-7pm
Closed Mondays and over public holidays

The cafe, shop and museum are on the ground floor. The first floor has resources on microfilm, fiche, computer terminals, catalogues, books etc. These facilities are are open to all. To view original material from the archives you will need a readers ticket (ID required). Printing facilities available or digital photography permitted (no flash).

It is a rather daunting place at first so it is a good idea to attend the 'New to Kew' session held daily at 11:30am. There is also a guidebook 'The National Archives' by Stella Colwell (sold for 8.99 in the shop). The catalogue of records held can be viewed and items pre-ordered on the website which also has lots of other features. The useful Research Guides cover a variety of topics.

There is programme of talks and some special events (free mailing list). Tickets for the (free) talks are available on the day and cannot be pre-booked. There is also a Friends organisation.
The building is situated in an attractive park with picnic facilities. Parking is available for users (charge). 2010