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Booking a visit to the Archive

We are delighted to be able to invite our researchers back to The ARK! 

From Monday 17th May 2021, we will be taking bookings for visits to the Archive on an appointment-only basis.

A view of the COVIS-safe research table in the ARK search room
Research seat in the ARK

Bookings will be available in 2-hour slots: Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 10:00am-12:00 noon and 2:00pm-4:00pm; Thursday 10:00am-12:00 noon.

We have put a number of procedures in place to keep everyone safe.

You should make your booking at least 72 hours in advance. Due to space restrictions, we can only allow 1 researcher in the search room at a time (unless exemptions apply). A mask or face covering should be worn throughout your visit. Regrettably, we will not be offering a walk in service at this time and our group and community activities remain suspended.

You must pre-order the items that you want to view at the time of booking. We will not be able to produce items on the day which have not been pre-ordered. You can search both the online catalogue Knowsley Archives Catalogue and the analogue catalogue Analogue Archive Catalogue  for the required item references.

Bookings can be made by telephone on 0151 443 4291 or email

For further information about booking your visit and a full description of the precautions we have put in place, please see our Visitor Guidance document Visitor Guidance pdf

We look forward to seeing you!

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