National Archives - Kew Tips?

Discussion in 'Research Material' started by von Poop, Oct 2, 2008.

  1. hutt

    hutt Member

    I've done likewise, essentially making the point that the temporary stands are barely adequate and hopefully no-one is considering that they can be part of any long term 'upgrade' to the desking.

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  2. Gary Kennedy

    Gary Kennedy Member

    I was wondering if any of our members who also undertake copying at TNA have been able to get back to taking orders?

  3. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Could someone who has recently visited the TNA, advise me please, if one orders 12 documents in advance is that it, or can you order further documents during the day. I am contemplating a visit and will probably do a bulk order of 40, as I can get them all done at my leisure on a 10 hour ish day.
    Thanks in anticipation
  4. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    I'm copying files for people - I wouldn't say I take orders as such though, just doing them on request.
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  5. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    Yes, you can order documents on the day as well. I did notice it was an hour for them to be delivered rather than 45 minutes previously.
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  6. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Gary, Thank you for that, very helpful. I think I will go with the Bulk Order option to start with, as it's a 100 mile trip each way for me by public transport. So might have to book a hotel too!

  7. AlanDavid

    AlanDavid Junior Member

    There are a few B&B's in the area, within walking distance, which will be a lower cost than a hotel.

    I stayed in one for a few days on my last trip. Only a 2 or 3 minute walk away.
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  8. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    I am a fan of the Premier Inn and have always found it good value for money, albeit a bit of a walk, but on a fine morning it's a refreshing one to the start of the day
  9. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    I find it more convenient and quicker to stay in the Travelodge at Richmond. I've also stayed in the one at Twickenham as well, although that is another train ride.

    I have stayed in the Premier Inn in December and it wasn't much fun walking in.
  10. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member

    With regards to the posts about the issues with camera stands etc I did have a response from the TNA.

    Apart from apologies they did mention they will be removing the references to 'all desks have camera stands' and once they go back to full capacity the temporary camera stands will be removed.

    In the meantime if you need a 'proper' camera stand they said you should request a seat with 'a heavy duty camera stand' in the comments of your booking.
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  11. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Evening to all
    I have taken the plunge and booked a one day trip in November and also a 5 day trip in the first week of January!!

    Thinking as always of my stomach, is the little coffee bar open as one goes in as well as the cafe, and is it strictly 9am entry, as it used to be 8am onwards which was so much nicer to then sit, relax before starting a long day of copying

    I have actually booked 3 bulk orders and 2 standard days, just hope I get everything done!


  12. Gary Tankard

    Gary Tankard Well-Known Member


    The cafe is open and opening time is (I think) still 9am for 9:30am. Not sure about the coffee place. I was there Thursday and things are slowly getting back to normal.

    One thing that isn't is multi-day visits. Rather than just click the button on the PC saying you want to reserve the documents for another day every person had to go to the desk and manually request the files were kept; they couldn't guarantee the same seat.

    If you do request a camera stand I would recommend you contact them at some point a few days before and make sure you have one. Despite having a few assurances all was sorted I still have had issues on arrival.

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  13. TijgerB

    TijgerB Member

    Is there anyone going to KEW soon who can help me out with some WO177:unsure: I am looking for:

    WO 177/2155 - 75 Indian Field Hospital - July '45 - April '46
    WO 177/2235 - 67 Indian General Hospital - Dec '45 - Nov '46
    WO 177/2249 - 89 Indian General Hospital - Jan - Aug '46

    I am especially interested in April '46 for some urgent research:D
  14. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    Thanks for that, I have actually booked documents for each day for my 5 day visit. If I don't get them copied in the time available then so be it, if I do and manage to get others ordered and done that will be a bonus.
    As I have ordered 3 bulk orders I expect to be sited in the corner somewhere where there are 4 camera stands already.
    However I will double check as you advise.


  15. Richelieu

    Richelieu Well-Known Member

    Something to bear in mind if you are driving to TNA from next week – the ULEZ is being extended and will include TNA’s car park, so you may incur a charge of £15 per day from TfL (£17.50 if not paid promptly). You can check if your vehicle is liable here.

    Also, TNA appear to have reinstated their car park charges.

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  16. idler

    idler GeneralList

    It was good while it lasted...
  17. AndyBaldEagle

    AndyBaldEagle Very Senior Member

    So while waiting for my wife at the hospital today I discovered what I thought was a huge mistake on my part. On 1/10 I had registered for a new readers ticket, my last having expired April 2020, ordered documents on the temporary number given for 25/11 (first date I could get for a bulk order!) and 4/1 - 8/1/22, and then seeing that I had to 'activate' (visit) my new ticket within 6 weeks of registering so taking me to 12/11 (Bear with me here please).

    So using the chat facility, and using my mobile as could not get t'internet in the Costa (well Colchester hospital is a bit upmarket now) I put down my dilemma to the nice lady at the archives. It then transpires that my temporary readers ticket actually lasts for 13 weeks, not the 6 I found on their website, so panic over!!!

    I also asked as I had the advance order booked on the temporary ticket number would I lose the orders for January after my permanent ticket was activated. Answer = No.... I have saved the chat as I don't want to have a problem when I get up there for a 5 day visit!

    Just as well, as I had already ordered my train tickets, and about to book the Premier Inn today, which has come down in price for a change!.

    So Andy is happy happy!

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