We are now members of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) readers’ ticket scheme. You will need to sign the Visitors Book and bring your CARN reader's ticket with you when you visit. If you do not have a ticket please bring official proof of ID which includes your name, address and signature.
What form of identity will I need?
You must apply inperson and produce proof of identity which include your name, permanent address and signature.
You may need to produce more than one form of ID to fulfil these requirements e.g. a utility bill (for address) with a passport (for signature).
Examples of documents that could contain the details required include:
• Driving Licence
• Building society passbook, post office savings book or recent bank statement
• Pension book
• Medical card
• Disable person’s registration
• Recent council tax or utility bill
• Current benefit book
• UB40 (or equivalent)
• Official letter
• Cheque guarantee card (proof of signature only)
• Official I.D. card with address and signature
What is CARN?
CARN is a national scheme to provide readers’ tickets for local authority archive services in England and Wales. Tickets are valid for 4 years and can be used at any of the 70 archive services that are part of the scheme.
Why do I need a readers’ ticket?
We have introduced this scheme to provide greater security for the documents in our care. It will ensure that we have accurate, up to date information about our visitors.
How do I get a readers’ ticket?
You will need to complete a registration form and provide official proof of name, address and signature.
I already have a CARN ticket issued by another office do I need to bring anything else?
If you have an up to date ticket you do not need to bring any other form of identity.