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Research service: initial enquiry

Before you request and pay for research or copies of documents, please contact us with your initial enquiry to allow us to check if we have records relevant to your research.

Please view our catalogues to search our collections. Please note down the reference numbers of any items you'd like us to include in your research or that you may like copies of. Please note that not all of our collection is fully catalogued and we can help you to identify relevant records that may not be in our catalogue yet.

Once you've received a confirmation that we have records relevant to your research, you can request and pay for a search.

Please note:

  • if you make a payment for research without getting confirmation from an initial enquiry first, your fee won't be refunded if we're unable to complete the research due to records being unavailable
  • all research is provided for private research purposes only. If you want to publish (in a publication, book, website, social media, video etc.) any of the information provided, you'll need to contact us to obtain a licence and additional fees may apply