Research

Following Government advice on the coronavirus, we are now closed. Please do not visit us until further notice.

We will shortly start offering a full remote enquiry service, including copies and research. A further update will be posted during the week commencing 6th July 2020.

We do still have access to our social media feeds so please contact us on Twitter and Facebook if you have an enquiry and we will do our best to help. See the links at the top and bottom of the web page to access our social media feeds.

We will aim to update our website and social media feeds as best we can as things change.

Please do not travel to us and adhere to official advice to protect yourselves and others: Public Health England

Need to undertake research, but cannot make a visit to us? We can help.

What can we do for free?

We can provide details about our records and other sources held at the Berkshire Record Office (BRO) as well as how they can be used for research. We can also provide guidance on where to look for records not held at the BRO.

What do we charge for?

If we need to look at records held at the BRO for you we need to charge a fee. Currently we charge £32.00 per hour with a minimum half hour charge of £16.00.

So that we can make effective use of the time you will be paying for, please provide us with as much information as you can. Please email or write to us using the guidance below:

  • Make your requirements as specific as possible
  • State exactly what information you are seeking
  • Give us any relevant details you already have.

We will then assess your enquiry and provide feedback as to how we may be able to help you. If there is a research fee required, we will quote an amount to you. If you then wish to proceed with the research, payment is required in advance and can be made as follows:

  • By cheque made payable to Reading Borough Council
  • By credit or debit card by calling 0118 937 5132
  • By international cheque in pounds sterling, drawn on a bank with a UK branch.

Searches will be carried out either until the time paid for has been used, or until the information requested has been found.

Please be advised that only the most specific of searches (e.g. one entry in a parish register) can be completed within 30 minutes.

We aim to respond to enquiries within 5 working days of receiving them.

Whether you would like us to see what we have or would like us to carry out research on your behalf, please get in touch via our Contact Us page.