image for Talk item typePAST Introduction to Archival Research at National Archives

Talk, Thu 27 Oct 2016


The National Archives

020 8876 3444


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,

Events at this Venue


This introduction day will explain how to get started with archival research, the importance of knowing the history and structure of a collection to navigate the records, and how to make the most of your time on site.
Sessions include an introduction to using Discovery, our online catalogue, a tour of the archives, and a display of some of the iconic documents in our collection.
Students will also have the opportunity to identify, order, and view original documents for their research, guided by our record specialists.

Disabled accessDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPublic toilets

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 27 Oct 2016 09:00 to 17:00





See location of National Archives  on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
For further information visit

Parking: free


  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets