Service Update: April Re-opening

Published
06.04.2021

We maintain Covid-secure measures for the safety of our visitors and staff, including protective screens on desks. Staff continue to wear face coverings and observe social distancing, and we request all our visitors do the same. However, work areas are no longer regularly cleaned during the day so, before you begin to view the original documents, you may wish to use the anti-bacterial wipes and sprays available to clean your work area. Please make sure the table is dry before working with the original documents.

We are working on plans to reopen Local Studies but, currently, it remains closed though subscriptions to Ancestry.com and other resources are accessible by bringing a laptop into the Searchroom.

If you would like to take photographs during your visit, camera permits cost £5 for a morning or afternoon, or £8 for all day. We are not currently offering an on the day photocopying service. Please be aware that refreshments are not available onsite.

 

Booking a space

Advance booking by emailing the office is essential: archives@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Places are limited, so we recommend you let us know a few dates when you can come in. please also tell us how many are in your party, your telephone number and the reference numbers of up to 8 items you would like to see per morning and afternoon session Tuesday to Wednesday, or 6 items per morning and afternoon session on Saturdays.

Please do not travel unless you have had your booking confirmed by email or telephone.

 

Arrival

Buckinghamshire Archives is not open to general admission. We are admitting one researcher at a time, so may ask you to wait briefly outside whilst we sign in someone else. We will ask you to sign in at the desk in Local Studies ensuring you maintain a 2m gap as indicated by signage. Staff will give you a brief introduction to the available facilities including lockers and toilets, ask you to sanitise your hands and point you to the searchroom. We are no longer asking researchers to wear gloves.


Using the searchroom

Please make sure to bring your own equipment including pencil and computer, as well as a camera if you would like copies. The invigilator on duty will confirm your seat and explain how the searchroom is running. If you have questions for the staff on duty, please remember to follow social distancing regulations. If you need to leave the searchroom please ensure the invigilator is aware. The front door will be set to allow you to leave without staff input but will lock behind you as you leave.

Access to books and hardcopy catalogues in the searchroom are currently restricted to staff, who will help you with queries as required.

We are keeping these procedures under review

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