Due to changes in UK Copyright law that came into force in 2003 copies of papers (not including photographs or maps) can only be made for private study and non-commercial research. Researchers are required to sign a declaration form to this effect before copies can be made. If the research is commercial it is the responsibility of the researcher to gain written permission from the copyright owner before copies can be made. The Archive will help facilitate this by forwarding letters requesting permission if the Archive knows the address of the copyright owner.
For Crown Copyright material, it is also possible for copying to be carried out under the terms of the Open Government License
In addition to the restrictions of UK Copyright law some collections may only be copied with the prior permission of the donor or donor's family.
Digital Cameras (Self service copying)
The use of digital cameras is permitted in the Archive. However copies can only be made for private study and non-commercial research and sound and flash should be disabled before use. Mobile phones, where the sound cannot be turned off, are not permitted - as the camera sound is disruptive to others working in the reading room.
For further information on using digital cameras please see our leaflet Using a digital camera in the MEC Archive (pdf file)
To order photocopies researchers must visit the Archive to ascertain which papers are relevant to their research or employ someone on their behalf to do so. The Archive cannot carry out such research work.
We do not support remote access to the Archive via photocopying of documents. For further details please see our policy on Remote Access to the Archive.
Photocopies cost 24p per page (A4 and smaller) or 30p per page (A3) (including VAT).
Photocopying orders are carried out by the Archivist. They will not necessarily be done immediately but may be collected or posted.
For further information about access to digitised records, please see our Digitial Collections webpage
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