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Archive booking form

The City of Westminster Archives Centre will be providing access to its archive and research collections via appointment only on a Wednesday and Thursday.

Please do not make any arrangements for travel until your appointment is confirmed by email. You will be sent guidance about your visit, so please ensure you read these carefully with every visit as they are regularly updated.

We must receive your request by Friday morning if you wish to make an appointment for the following week.

Appointments are for one person only. If you require additional support or someone to accompany you, please contact us in advance of your visit. You will be able to book:

  • use of a table for using our archive and reference collections
  • use of a microfilm reader to access parish records, parish registers, newspapers, wills and cemetery registers on film (reference only – no printing)
  • use of a PC for family history research and archival research

If you wish to look at the GRO indexes, please contact us by phone on 020 7641 5180 to make an appointment.

Please note that due to the limited service available, there will NOT be access to:

  • some oversized material
  • photocopying or microfilm printing

Anyone wishing to book an appointment to view material from the Grosvenor collection should complete this form and also send their Grosvenor permission form to [email protected]

Appointment times will be either in the morning or afternoon and last for 3 hours.

Please complete the below form with your request for access and a member of the team will be in contact with details of when your appointment will be and our rules and conditions of entry. We will require Finding Numbers and references for all material you wish to view and so please use our archive catalogue WESTCAT and our library catalogue (for periodicals, books and pamphlets) to find the information required. A handy video on how to make the most of the catalogues can be found in the video library of our Facebook page (you do not need a Facebook account to view this).

All requests are approved on the basis that it is safe to provide access to the material requested in line with our own policies and government advice. All enquiries should be sent to [email protected]

All data collected will be for the sole purpose of processing your order and arranging your visit. Personal details will be retained for 1 year should we need to contact you about your visit in the interests of public health, or should you wish to cross-reference material used in any published research. We will keep anonymised statistical information on the collections used.

We will offer you the first available slot, but should you have a date in mind please indicate this in the next question.
Please remember that we will need your requests by Friday morning for a visit the following week.
You may book both a desk and a microfilm machine for the same session.
There is a 10 item maximum.
There is a 5 item/group maximum.

Note: a group of images is a run of Finding Numbers on the same subject/from the same collection such as E138 Old Pye Street (001) - E138 Old Pye Street (010).
There is a 10 item maximum.

Note: books require the classmark, author and title to be located. If possible, please also provide the publication date.
There is a 5 item maximum.
Read our data protection notice to learn about how the council complies with data protection laws when processing your data.