When you arrive

Following Government advice on the coronavirus, we are now closed. Please do not visit us until further notice.

With apologies, but we are unable to receive visitors, answer the telephone or respond to email enquiries for the forseeable future.

We do still have access to our social media feeds so please contact us on Twitter and Facebook if you have an enquiry and we will do our best to help. See the links at the top and bottom of the web page to access our social media feeds.

We will aim to update our website and social media feeds as best we can as things change.

Please do not travel to us and adhere to official advice to protect yourselves and others: Public Health England

Upon arrival at reception of the Berkshire Record Office (BRO), we will ask you to do a number of things.

We ask you to sign our visitors' book. By doing this, you agree to abide by various guidelines to help us preserve our collections.

To access our unique collections you will need to have a reader's card. We accept valid and in date County Archive Research Network (CARN) cards. However, we cannot issue CARN cards as the system is due to change in mid-2019. Please click here for more information on CARN.

In the meantime, we will be issuing our own BRO day passes. These are temporary tickets and will only be valid here at the BRO.

Please bring identification showing your name, address and signature. Any of the following items are acceptable: driving licence; benefit book; bank/credit card or passport together with a utility bill or bank statement. 

We will also ask you to place your coat and bag in the lockers provided (lockers are free), and to not take food, drink, pens or bladed tools into the searchroom. We also ask you to turn your mobile phone to silent, and to otherwise be reasonably quiet in the searchroom. This helps your fellow visitors. Personal audio equipment is allowed as long as you listen through headphones at a low level.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to the BRO.