Paying for research

You may wish to pay someone else to carry out research at The National Archives on your behalf. We offer a search service, or you can find an independent researcher from our database.

  • Our paid search service

    Our paid search serviceIf you would like some information from The National Archives, we can carry out a search for you. Our charge is £25 per 15 minutes.

  • Independent researchers

    Independent researchersMany independent specialist researchers can carry out research for you. They may charge significantly less than our own paid search service.

  • Do it yourself

    Do it yourselfIt is free to visit The National Archives and to view original documents, but we charge for print-outs and copies.

    If you want to do your own research, our research signposts on people, places and subjects will help you get started.