Q. How can I access the College Archives?


All researchers must register with us before they are permitted to view the archives, by completing a Reader Registration form (pdf) and presenting two forms of identification, one photographic and one proof of address as listed here. This can be done on the day of your visit.

Examples of identification accepted:


  • Passport
  • Photo driving licence
  • National ID card
  • Police/Customs/Home Office/warrant card
  • Armed Forces ID card
  • University ID card
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) 
  • Freedom Pass or older person’s bus pass photo card 
  • London taxicard

Proof of address:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank/building society statement
  • Credit card statement
  • Council tax bill
  • HM Revenue and Customs statement
  • Passports with address (where the address has been officially entered by the issuing authority)
  • National ID card with address
  • Driving licence with address
  • Home Office permit to stay
  • University certificate for hall of residence (stamped and signed by institution)
  • Home insurance policy
  • Pension, Benefit Agency or family credit letter statement
  • Student Loans Company letter

Please note that where type of identification appears on both lists, it can only be used as one of the forms of identification.

Special undertaking for restricted access records

Any reader wishing to access restricted access records containing personal information must complete a Special Undertaking form. 

Access to restricted access records will normally only be given to academic researchers, allied with an academic institution, who have received ethics clearance from that institution. Details of their research project and their ethics clearance, as well as details of how they will protect the data they access must be submitted in the first instance to the Archives Services Manager before a decision will be made about whether to allow access.


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

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