The UKHO Archive


Our Archive holds over 600,000 surveys, books, charts and files, containing millions of individual letters, reports, photographs and documents. The Archive is currently undertaking a 3 year project to transfer some of its historical material to The National Archives based at Kew, which will improve public access to items of historical interest. The transfer is concentrating on surveys dated before 1830 and supporting documentation before 1950.

Accessing the UKHO Archive

To arrange a visit to the Archive for bona fide research purposes, please contact the Archive Research Section at least one week in advance. Foreign nationals requesting a visit to the Archive for research purposes need to give at least two weeks notice, failure to do so will mean a visit may be refused.

Personal access to the archive is free. We do, however, charge for reproductions of documents, any research work and handling undertaken by our staff.

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