Frequently Asked Questions

I've found an entry on the online catalogue and now I want to visit the holding repository to see the item. What is the procedure?

For more information about the repositories, opening hours, access arrangements, readers' tickets, and for details of services and facilities, please check our website.

How do I sort the records in the search results?

You can sort the list of results according to the field of your choice by clicking on the column heading. By default, records are presented in Repository order. However, you can also sort records by Reference, Title or by Date.

How can I find out more information about an entry displayed in the search results?

To view a full record description, click on any part of the record. If you then want to browse the record in its hierarchical context (i.e. how it relates to other records in the collection), click on Reference. Use the back button on your browser to return to the search results overview.

Why can't I find what I'm looking for?

Not all of our archives have been catalogued and made available electronically. If you cannot find what you are looking for, follow the normal enquiry procedure for each repository.

We will continue to update the catalogue regularly.

Why can't I see images of the documents in the catalogue?

The catalogue contains written descriptions of the documents in our archive and not digitised images from the collection (except in a few instances). However, the "Image Gallery" will display images forming our current online exhibition, and there are images in the "What's New" section also.

In the "What's New" and "Image Gallery" sections, you can enlarge the images displayed by clicking on "View Record", and then clicking on the image itself. When you have viewed the enlarged image, use the "back" button on the web browser tool bar to return to the catalogue.

To enlarge any images displayed when viewing individual records, just click on the image. To return to the detail of that record, use the "back" button on the web browser tool bar.

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