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You can search over 95% of our catalogues online

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Some search tips:-

  • If looking for a person, fill in the 'Name' box surname first e.g. Smith, John
  • Please use the 'Words from the Title/Content' box for a free text search
  • Please use the 'Subject' box if you're searching for a particular place

For full written instructions on how to use the catalogue click here

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Copies of documents

We can provide copies of most of the documents listed on this database, either in photocopy form or in digital form. Please contact us for a quote. There are some documents where copying is not possible due to the size or fragility of the original or due to embargo. You can look at any of the documents free of charge in our public searchroom, or one of our experienced team can transcribe or extract information from the document for you - a research fee applies.

We are continually adding our old hard copy catalogues and new accessions into our online database so please check reguarly to see new information. Eventually all our catalogues will be available online.

PLEASE REMEMBER that not all our catalogues are included yet.  Around 5% of our catalogues are presently only available in hard copy form in our searchroom.  To find information from these catalogues you will need to visit us or contact us.