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Introduction to finding and using archives in the UK

Brunel's drawing of Clifton Suspension Bridge


This introductory guide aims to help you get started with finding, accessing and using archives relevant to your research.  It focuses on archive services in the UK.  Navigate using the tabs above to find out about:

  • where archives are held
  • archive catalogues 
  • visiting and consulting archives
  • issues to consider when using archival material: copyright, referencing and research data management

Special Collections

map of Bristol

Special Collections

The University of Bristol's Special Collections hold a rich and diverse range of archival resources, printed materials and artefacts dating from the 11th century to the present day.