ARA launches free Archives Card

By Rosemary Collins, 3 April 2020 - 8:19am

The Archives Card allows family historians to visit 44 participating archives without ID documents

Archives card
The card, with Ancestry branding (Credit: ARA)

A new card offering family historians free access to archives around the country is now available.

The Archives Card, established by the Archives and Records Association, offers access to 44 participating archives in England and Wales.

It allows researchers to access the original documents at each archive without needing to bring their ID documents.

It was introduced as a self-funding replacement for the County Archives Research Network (CARN) scheme, which expired in November 2018.

The card is sponsored and branded by family history website Ancestry.

It was initially due to launch in April 2019, but the launch was repeatedly delayed.

To get the card, family historians will need to register online and then visit one of the participating archives within three months with two forms of identity.

An ARA spokesperson said that family historians would need to re-register if they are unable to visit an archive for more than three months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

 

 

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