Q. Can I reproduce materials from the Archives?


Publishing from the collections

If you wish to reproduce material from the archives in publication, you must obtain permission from us. A publication may be any of the following:

  • a printed publication, such as a book, journal article or exhibition catalogue
  • a doctoral thesis
  • a film, video or television broadcast
  • an electronic publication, such as a website or other digital resource
  • public display in any form of electronic or hard copy (except for a single copy for use in an academic lecture, conference or seminar)
  • use of an image in any form of merchandise

Quoting from unpublished material

Readers wishing to publish quotations or to cite from any unpublished material (archives, manuscripts, typescripts, unpublished photographs, theses or records) held in this archive must seek either the permission of King’s College London, or the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, by contacting the Archives Services Manager by email or letter.

For a small number of brief quotations, it is sufficient to give the title, publication information, a brief summary of what is being used and the nature of the use.

For substantial works, the university and / or the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives reserve the right to require the submission of relevant portions of text before publication.

This also applies in the case of quotations:

  • from Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives holdings under 30 years old
  • from the papers of FM Sir William Robertson (including citations)
  • of entire documents
  • of 200 words or more

Additionally, all readers who have been given access to restricted access archival records will be required to submit relevant extracts of their texts prior to publication.

No copyright material should be used in any publication without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder.

Quoting from published material

Readers wishing to quote in a publication from published material are reminded of the need to abide by the provisions of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, 1998. A summary guide to the Act can be found on King’s College London’s Copyright web pages.

Using images in publication and broadcasting

To request permission you will need to contact the Archives Services Manager. Please provide as much information as you can about the use you wish to make of the image. In particular, we need to know:

  • the details of the image in question
  • how the image will be used. If you wish to use the image more than once within the same publication/broadcast you should give full details of each proposed usage
  • full details of the publication concerned, including the retail price and print run
  • whether national or world rights are sought

Reproduction fees may be payable to us if you wish to reproduce an image in publication. Please see details of reproduction fees for more information.


We welcome enquiries from film and television companies interested in filming on location in the Archives Reading Room. Please contact the Archives directly. 


  • Last Updated May 28, 2020
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  • Answered By Pete Garner

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