Access digital versions of our archives

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Using the Digital Archive

The Digital Archive lets you get deeper than our Archive Catalogue (which describes items but doesn’t provide direct access to digital formats), within the Digital Archive you can access the digital assets themselves.

Our video will help get you started. Using screenshots of real searches we take you through the steps involved in a search and what sort of digital material is available for you. Please contact us with any questions.


How do I search the Digital Archive?

You can use the basic search box to type what you’re looking for, just like you would if you were using a search engine. Or you can browse the sections for Highlights, Explore Collections and Most Popular Archives to see some of our best and most requested material. See our film above for tips.

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

Searching will only find the exact words used in item titles and descriptions, so try several related terms if you can’t find what you want. Alternatively, it might be that we haven’t digitised the items that you are looking for yet or that they aren’t included within the Digital Archive because they are restricted access. If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact the Archive team.

Why is there a poor quality image for my item?

We’re upgrading the images we’ve got, but it’s a massive task that will take time.

Please contact us if you can’t find what you need.

Why is the image not the digital format I want?

We provide digital formats that are accessible and suitable for the majority of items and researchers. We may be able to help if you have a specific format request, so please contact us.

Can I use the digital images for my research?

You’re welcome to use the Digital Archive images for personal study or research. Conditions apply and all images are subject to UK copyright law. You must contact the archive team before sharing, reproducing or publishing our images in any way.