Visiting Gwent Archives means that you have access to a vast array of unique historical documents in our Research Room. To help you get the best from your visit and to help us preserve them for future generations there are some simple procedures which we ask you to follow.
Remember that Gwent Archives Staff are there to help you - if in doubt or unsure, just ask.
Coats and Bags
Please leave all coat and bags in the locker room. No coins are needed to use our free lockers. We ask that people bring as little as possible into the research room. Please bring a pencil and notebook. We also allow laptops. If you require access to the Public Wireless Network you will need to ask staff for a "token", which consists of a 12 hour log in name, and a password. ID will be required for the issue of Tokens.
Becoming a Gwent Archives User
Gwent Archives is a member of the County Archives Research Network (CARN). It is simple to register for a CARN Ticket. Please remember to bring some ID which shows your name, address and signature, e.g. A driving licence, or bank card and utility bill are ideal. A CARN ticket can then be used as your ID for the next 4 years at around 70 local authority archives around England and Wales.
Please follow this link to view our Research Room Rules. This explains the do's and don’ts at Gwent Archives.
Knowing what to use can be difficult so staff will help you find what you need. We have indexes and catalogues which you use to find the reference to documents. Staff are there to help you find what you need and show you how to do this.
We can copy most documents, for which a fee is charged. To protect the documents this copying is carried out by trained staff, so will be more expensive than in a library. However, for a small fee, you can use a digital camera (without flash) to take pictures of documents yourself. Use of Handheld Scanners is prohibited. The use of further reprographic devices will be down to the discretion of staff
When using documents please be careful not to damage them. Please:
- Make sure your hands are clean and handle the documents as little as possible.
- Only use pencils and do not bring pens into the Research room.
- Avoid leaning on documents or putting them under you notepad.
- Use weights and rests - staff will show you what to do.
- And please don't lick your fingers when turning the page!
Taking a Break
Please feel free to use our Public Room for any food or drink you bring. There are also basic snacks and drinks available on site.
If you require access to the Public Wireless Network you will need to ask staff for a "token", which consists of a 12 hour log in name, and a password. ID will be required for the issue of Tokens.