When you arrive

Upon arrival at reception of the Berkshire Record Office (BRO), we will ask you to do a number of things. 

Please arrive at the time you have booked for your session.

If you have not booked, it is unlikely that we will be able to accommodate you as demand for bookings is high.

We ask you to sign our visitors' book. By doing this, you agree to abide by various guidelines to help us preserve our collections.

Please bring a face-covering as we will suggest that you wear one if you are unable to maintain a 2m distance from others whilst you are in the BRO. 

Archives Card

We require visitors looking at original documents to register for an Archives Card which is a national scheme allowing visitors to use one card to visit all participating archive services.

Registration needs to be done in advance of your visit which is then completed when you arrive.

Full details on how to sign up and what ID is required, can be found on the Archives Card website.

If you are unable to apply for an Archives Card, you will need to bring some form of ID with address and/or signature with you on your visit to be issued a Day Pass in order look at original documents. This will only be valid for the day of your visit.

Your Archives Card or Day Pass will be kept on the shelf holding the records you intend to look at for the duration of your visit, so please remember to take it into the searchroom with you.

CARN tickets - we will continue to accept CARN tickets that are in date, but not all record offices are doing so. Therefore it is advisable to replace an old CARN ticket with an Archives Card when you can.

An Archives Card or Day Pass are not required for looking at library material, microfilm/microfiche or the computers, but please be prepared to apply for one should you need to look at original records at any point on your visit.

Other things

We will ask you to place your coat and bag in the lockers provided (lockers are free), and to not take food, drink, pens or bladed tools into the searchroom.

We also ask you to turn your mobile phone to silent, and to otherwise be reasonably quiet in the searchroom. This helps your fellow visitors. Personal audio equipment is allowed as long as you listen through headphones at a low level. 

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the BRO.

If you, or anyone at home, has COVID-19 coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating,please do not visit.