Bath Record Office will be closed from Thursday 19 March until further notice, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England. Keep following us for updates and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Please read here for more information.

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Taking notes with a pencil

Handling and copying records

The archives in the Record Office are a wonderful resource which we want everyone to use and enjoy. We also want to keep them safe so that future generations can use and enjoy them as well.

To do this, we ensure that the records are stored safely, and we ask you to handle them carefully and follow a few straightforward rules which you can see here. In particular, we ask that you use only pencils, not pens, so remember to bring a pencil with you!

We are able to photocopy and scan to electronic file most of the documents we hold. Occasionally we are unable to copy documents because of copyright restrictions or because a document is too fragile. See our searchroom copying charges.

We are happy to allow you to use a digital camera, as long as there are no copyright restrictions on the document you wish to copy - please check with us before taking any photographs. There is no charge for using your own camera.