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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 make a note of the reference numbers for any items you would like us to include in your research or that you may like copies of. Please note that not all our collections are fully catalogued and we can help you to identify relevant records that may not yet be in our catalogue.

Once you have 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 first getting confirmation from an initial enquiry, your fee will not be refunded if we are unable to complete the research due to records being unavailable.
  • All research is provided for private research purposes only. If you wish to publish (in a publication, book, website, social media, video etc.) any of the information provided you will need to contact us to obtain a licence and additional fees may apply.