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Archive Services

Archive staff may be able to answer simple enquiries without a visit required, and you are welcome to contact us by telephone at +44 (0)20 7451 6847 or email at archive@rsa.org.uk. In the case of more complex enquiries or major research projects, staff are unable to undertake detailed or extensive work on your behalf, but will be happy to advise about whether we hold material which will help you.

The service we provide is as follows:

Limited and specific enquiries requiring less than half an hour's research:

These will be answered by staff without charge.

 

Enquiries requiring between thirty minutes and an hour to research:

We can provide a paid research service at a rate of £5 per 10 minutes or part thereof, or you can visit the Archive in person, or engage somebody to do so on your behalf.

Enquiries requiring more than one hour to research:

Staff cannot undertake such research. You will need to visit the Archive yourself, or engage somebody to do so on your behalf.

The Association of Genealogists and Researchers in Archives maintains a list of members who will undertake research in particular areas.

Digital images

Digital images are available for you to view on our Archive Online Catalogue.

Low resolution digital images included in catalogue:

Where digital images already exist and are included as watermarked, low resolution images in the Archive catalogue they are available for download without charge. 

Where no digital image exists and the condition of the original source is good a low resolution image can be provided and will be charged at £1.50 per image.

Where low resolution digital images already exist and they are not included in the catalogue and the condition of the original source is good a charge will be made for downloads in excess of 5 images at £1.50 per additional image.

High resolution digital images included in catalogue:

Where digital images already exist and are included as watermarked, low resolution images in the Archive catalogue a high resolution image, if available can be requested for reproduction. Subject to the purpose of the reproduction a fee will be charged for the image and any associated licensing of the image, where applicable.

Where no digital image exists and the condition of the original source is good a high resolution image can be provided and will be charged at £2.50 per image

Where high resolution digital images already exist and they are not included in the catalogue and the condition of the original source is good a charge will be made for downloads in excess of 5 images at £2.50 per additional image.