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Current searchroom arrangements

Making a booking

Morning and afternoon sessions are available to book:

  • The morning session runs from 10am-12.30pm. Please ensure you arrive by 10.30am.
  • The afternoon session is from 2pm-4.30pm. Please ensure you arrive by 2.30pm.

You can book a morning and an afternoon session on the same day if you wish.

Please make your booking at least 48 hours before your wish to visit.

You can order up to four items for each session. You must pre-order these documents when you book.

There are also two document request times for morning, 10.30am and 11.30am, and afternoon 2.30pm and 3.30pm sessions. Searchers may put in up to four document request slips at each collection.

You can also make a full day seat booking to look at microfilm and fiche - there are four seats available per day. You will have a dedicated film and fiche reader available to you for the whole day. Please ensure that any films or fiche that you use are left out beside the readers you have used.

You can book a place by emailing In your email please state:

  1. The date you would like to visit the searchroom
  2. If you would like a morning or afternoon session, or both
  3. The references for up to four documents you would like to see (others can be ordered on the day)

We will send a confirmation email when a place is booked.

If you do not have access to email or would like to find out more, we can be contacted on 01603 222599.

You will also need to register for an Archives Card before your visit. Go to to enter your details and upload a photograph. When you visit the NRO, you will then need to bring two of the forms of ID listed to on the site.