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Starting Your Research

Explore Your History at the Berkshire Record Office

Anyone can use the Berkshire Record Office (BRO). You can visit BRO in person or use our enquiry service. We can also arrange group visits and tours.

It is free to come in and start your own research.  We can provide copies for a fee, and you can also pay us to undertake research on your behalf.  Please note that we also make charges for self-service photography.

Please use the links on the left or below for more information.

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Latest News
ICT Systems Offline 10-11th November 2018
Essential maintenance means lack of website and email access this weekend
Stocktake and Christmas closure dates announced
Dates now available for when we will be closed this year
Distance Survey 2017 Results
BRO does very well in the latest survey of distance users
Visitor Survey 2016 Results
The results of the UK Visitor Survey 2016 are now available
We're Accredited!
The BRO is now an Accredited Archive Service
10,000th collection received at the BRO
The Berkshire Record Office celebrates receiving its 10,000th accession

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