Using the Archives
If you have an enquiry about information we might hold, or know that you would like to consult items in our Archives, please contact us. Requests to visit should always be submitted in writing.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Surrey TW9 3AE
Tel: +44 (0)20 8332 5417
Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 5430
If you need to visit the Archives to consult original material, it is always essential to make an appointment in advance. We have very limited space for archives readers and can get booked up a few weeks in advance at busy times, such as university vacations.
The Archives can be consulted in the Main Library, at the enquiry desk, under the supervision of the Duty Librarian. Library, Art & Archives are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Documents which have been microfilmed will have to be consulted in this format; there is provision for the use of a laptop by the microfilm machine. See Visiting the Library for information about our location, and the conditions for visitors. When consulting archival material, please take notes in pencil only. Laptop computers can be used at both desks.
We can provide copies of certain materials in the Archives according to copyright regulations. However, please note that our preservation policy is not to provide copies from bound archival volumes and we will assess each item individually. However, many documents have been microfilmed and we can therefore provide paper copies from the microfilm. Please see Photocopying and photography for more details.
If you request copies by post, we will send you a copyright
form to complete and return before we make the copies.
We will then send you an invoice for the costs of the
copies. Upon receipt of payment, we will send you the
copies. We accept cheques and credit cards in Pounds
We can take digital photographs of certain material, if suitable, for readers. Please note that these are done with a hand held camera, and are suitable for reference only; contact us for details of the costs. Readers can also take their own digital photographs on completion of the Self Service Declaration Form.
We can also arrange for our in-house Media Resources section to photograph items from the Archives. This is particularly applicable for items required for publication or which are too large for the Archives to photograph. Please contact us for details of costs.