List of fees and charges

There is no charge to visit the History Centre to do your own research in our search room and library. You can also borrow library books and use our PCs and microfilm readers free of charge. However, we do make a charge for some of our services, including printing and copying.

All our fees and charges can be found on this page, or you can download the full list (PDF, 0.3MB).


Microfilm A4: 65p
Microfilm A3: £1.25

Public computer A4 black and white: 35p
Public computer A4 colour: 60p
Public computer A3 black and white: 65p
Public computer A3 colour: £1.00

Staff photocopying

Staff will photocopy material produced in the searchroom. We can also provide photocopies if you can't visit us in person.

For remote copying orders, there is a minimum fee of £12.00. Please see our Copying service page for more information.

Please note that large orders may incur an additional handling fee.

A4 black and white: 45p
A4 colour: £1.00
A3 black and white: 75p
A3 colour: £2.00

Any size up to A3, per page: 45p


You are welcome to take your own photographs of items from our collections using your own camera, phone or tablet. Please note that handheld scanners are not permitted. Charges apply in both the search room and library area:

Per shot: 45p
Day pass (unlimited photographs for one day): £19.10
Weekly pass (unlimited photographs for one week): £50

Digital reproductions supplied in digital format

High quality images

Where items cannot be photocopied, or you require a high-quality image, we offer a digital scanning service. Please see Digital images for details of how to order.

Please note that large orders may incur an additional handling fee.

Per image (jpeg or TIFF): £6.55
Handling fee per order: £6.55

The handling fee of £6.55 includes the supply of images by e-mail or via file sharing. Please note we will only send low resolution images via email.

Research quality images

We can also provide research quality jpeg images of items. These are completely legible but are not of a high enough quality for publication. They are taken with a standard hand-held digital SLR camera. The minimum charge is £12.00 which includes up to 5 digital working shots. Each extra digital shot will incur a further £1.35 charge. All images will be sent by email or via an internet based file sharing site.

Please note that large orders may incur an additional handling fee.

Prints of digital reproductions

High resolution prints on high quality paper:

A4 297 x 210 mm: £10.00
A3 420 x 297 mm: £13.05
A2 594 x 420 mm: £32.15
A1 841 x 594 mm: £43.60
A0 1189 x 841 mm: £70.85

Images from collections C THD, C TSP and L RH, printed on normal grade paper:

A4 297x210 mm: £3.55

Publications and media use

Reproduction fee, per image:

Non-profit use: £32.70
Commercial use: £70.85

If you require high resolution images for publication or media use please contact us to discuss your specific needs and requirements.

Research service

We can carry out research for you in blocks of 30 minutes up to a maximum of one hour. Full details are on our Research service page.

30 minutes: £20.15
60 minutes: £40.30

Certification of copies

We can provide certified copies or transcripts of some documents held in our collections, such as burial, baptism or marriage register entries, vehicle registration cards, or applications for building regulations. The cost per application (which includes search and certification) is £20.00.

If you would like to order a certified copy or transcript of a document please contact us.

Data Protection enquiries

Some of our records are closed to researchers because they contain sensitive information about people who are, or may be, still alive.

There is no charge to request information about yourself (a Subject Access Request).

The charge to request a search of closed records for information about a person who is deceased is £40.30.

For full information about how to request access to information within closed records, please see Accessing sensitive information.