Archive Mentor for National Archives (UK)

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Archive Mentor for National Archives (UK)

Archive Mentor for National Archives (UK)
Archive Mentor for National Archives (UK)

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Archive Mentor for National Archives (UK)

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National Archives (Kew, UK) Mentoring - Archive Guide

Visiting archives for the first time can be overwhelming. The vastness of buildings, the sheer number of records available, and the difficulties of accessing them can be intimidating.


All of the above, plus the numerous entrance rules and guidelines can be very off-putting for first-timers. With this in mind we have designed a one-to-one mentoring service for the National Archives at Kew, Surrey, England.


If you are interested in this service, we will pair you with your own personal genealogist who will guide you and stay with you for a negotiated amount of time.


What the service provides:

  • Free initial consultation where you and the genealogist will discuss your requirements.
  • If the genealogist decides that your research requires a visit to the archive, you will receive a cost quotation.
  • Once paid, you will then proceed to a 30 minute Zoom call with your genealogist to discuss creating your Research Plan and ordering your documents.

You will receive help and advice with:

  • Acquiring a Reader’s Ticket.
  • Booking your seat.
  • Meeting on the day.
  • Entering the reading rooms and abiding by the rules.
  • Setting up your workstation and handling documents correctly.
  • Photographing material effectively.
  • Ordering follow-up material on-site.
  • Using the invigilating rooms (if required).
  • Using the library.
  • Using e-resources (a collection of material with access restricted to archives, university libraries, and legal deposit libraries).
  • Note taking and research logs.
  • Palaeography.
  • Returning documents.


What you should know

The National Archives is split into three ‘reading’ areas:

  • 1st Floor (including the library) is open access and you will be free to roam with your genealogist in the area.
  • 1st Floor Main Reading Room. When you book your visit to view original documents, you will be allocated a random seat in this room by the National Archives.

Your genealogist will not be sitting in the reading room with you, unless they have their own documents to view.


In this scenario, your genealogist will help you set up your working area, but will leave you and wait in the 1st Floor open access area or library should you need them. You will be free to come out and consult with them at any time.

  • 2nd Floor Large Document Reading Room. You may need to see some of the documents in this reading room. In which case the genealogist can come with you to set-up your area, but may need to sit elsewhere or return to the 1st Floor open access area.


Respecting Silence

In the Reading Rooms you must remain silent at all times, so your genealogist will take you to the lobby areas for any consultations.



The cost for 4.5 hours at the archive plus the Zoom call is £210 inclusive. The time allocated starts from 11.00 am on the day of the archive visit.


Choosing Fewer Hours

You can choose fewer hours if you wish - 2.5 hours is the minimum you can buy (£105) - but be mindful you may not get all of the above because of time constraints.


All meeting times start at 11.00 am to allow for the genealogist’s travelling time to the archive.


Please contact us if you wish to discuss this service further.