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Coventry Archives

Our Services

Accessing archive material

You will need to make an appointment.  Bookings for the production of documents must be received at the latest by 3.30pm the previous day.

You will need to have a CARN reader’s ticket or bring some identification showing both your name and address if you do not have one.

You are advised to contact us prior to your visit to establish that the correct documents are being produced. To get the most out of your visit it is best to have a clear idea of what you are trying to achieve. When you first arrive and talk to our staff, try to be as clear as possible about what it is you are trying to research. We will then be able to suggest the best methods to explore our resources.

We produce a series of in-depth guides to our records and a number of basic user guides providing a general overview and helping you start your research.

Collection Guides
These provide an easy subject-by-subject way of accessing our collections, giving Collection Numbers and brief descriptions. 

User Information Leaflets
This is a series of leaflets designed for people using our facilities as quick reference guides on how to use the resources and records available

Other services

Photocopying and printing facilities from paper and microfiche/film and computer subject to copyright restrictions and condition.

Prints from images in the Pictures of Coventry collection.

Maps and plans may be reproduced depending on copyright restrictions and condition. All reprographic facilities will be charged for.

Enquiry service for users who cannot visit us in person.

A fee will be chargeable for any research carried out

Heritage certificates for classic Coventry cars

Group visits and talks by prior arrangement.  


All charges are inclusive of VAT where applicable.



Photocopying (excluding building plans):


A4 B&W


A3 B&W


A4 Colour


A3 Colour




Photocopying plans:


In house extract

£50 per A3 sheet

Off site, whole

£50 for first sheet then £35 for each subsequent sheet in the same order.

NB enlargements, digital copies, colour copies POA

Photocopies by post

As above plus;

£5 for UK letters

Overseas letters and parcels POA

UK parcels POA


Print outs from reader/printers and ICAM


A4 B&W


£1 if staff assisted

Enlargements to A3


£2 if staff assisted

Print outs from Internet or from catalogue


A4 B&W




Pictures of Coventry

£2 per A4 sheet; 3 for £5

£5 each A4 photographic paper; 3 for £12

£3 per A3 sheet; 3 for £8

£8 each for photographic paper; 3 for £20

Permits for individual use (required for phones, tablets and cameras)

£1 per image or

£10 per day

£30 per week

£50 per month


Photography undertaken by staff

£30 per hour subject to £15 minimum

Reproductions of images of or from collections for commercial purposes.





For commercial purposes


For personal use

£15 for up to 5 images scanned and e-mailed or put onto CD for collection;

£20 if CD to be posted within UK

£25 if CD to be posted overseas;

For more than 5 images in the same order additional images to be charged at £3 each.

Research/Searching for information on your behalf



£30 per hour plus copying and postage subject to £15 minimum charge

Quick Research Fee

£5 for a 15 minute look up of a single entry from a record

Cancelled Vehicle Registrations


For search

£20 (includes copy of card if we have it).  Please note there is no refund if card not found.

Heritage Certificate (includes letter, certificate and copies of originals)


Heritage Certificate Pack (as above but also includes copy ledger and copy cancelled card)


Electoral Register Enquiries


For search and information per address

Includes letter of verification

£30 per hour subject to £15 minimum charge

Freemanship Enquiries


For letter of verification per name

£15 (plus £5 for UK letters, £10 overseas if posted)

Talks/special guided tours

Please ask our staff.

Contact us

Email info@culturecoventry.comor call us on 024 7623 7521.

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