The National Archives to increase document ordering limit

The National Archives has increased the daily document ordering limit from six to nine as part of an easing of coronavirus restrictions

The lobby of The National Archives with a one-way system in place due to coronavirus
The National Archives
Published: August 10, 2020 at 2:54 pm
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The National Archives (TNA) has announced it will increase the number of documents visitors can order from six to nine.


TNA closed due to the coronavirus lockdown in March and reopened on 21 July on a limited basis, with only one-day pre-booked visits available.

From 25 August, TNA will ease the restrictions, including increasing the limit on documents; opening the second floor map and large document reading rooms; increasing the number of seats available in the first floor document reading rooms; and introducing a small number of two-day appointments.

TNA is currently open from Tuesday to Friday, 10am-2.50pm.

All visitors are required by law to wear face coverings, and other anti-coronavirus measures are in place, including one-way systems and floor markers to help with social distancing.

Earlier this year, TNA announced it would introduce a six-month pilot limiting the number of documents visitors could order to 24 per day. This was delayed due to coronavirus.


Rosemary Collins is the staff writer of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine


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