The Rothschild Archive maintains a research centre in the City of London. Our Reading Room is open to bona fide researchers, by prior appointment only, between 10.00am and 16.15pm, Monday to Friday.
UK public holidays are observed. The Archive does not close for lunch, with the exception of the last Thursday of each month, when the Reading Room will close between 12.15pm and 1pm. Researchers should note that on rare occasions it may be necessary to close the Reading Room early or at short notice. More about our Reading Room here »
Contact us first about your research
Researchers wishing to consult material in the Archive should first contact the archivist with details of their research proposal. All researchers are required to register with The Rothschild Research Forum, providing two written references in support of their application in advance of their visit. If you are not already a member, please register here »
Please consult the online Guide to the collections of Rothschild Archive for more infomation about our collections.
Request an appointment with us
Once accepted as a member of The Rothschild Research Forum, you may request an appointment with us to consult original sources. Archive material dated after 1945 is not generally available to researchers. Applications to consult some parts of the collection that are available after this date must be made to the archivist. Researchers are required to sign a copy of our standard agreement on their first visit. A copy of the text of the current Research Agreement may be found here »
Planning your visit
Researchers intending to visit are advised to contact us well in advance to reserve a place in our Reading Room, as the number of places is limited.
The majority of the collections in London are stored offsite. Researchers are requested to identify material of interest from The Guide to the collections of The Rothschild Archive in advance of their visit, giving us a minimum of two working days to ensure material can be retrieved. Earlier notification of requests is appreciated, and may avoid disappointment.
It is not possible to request bulk orders of large numbers of volumes or runs of boxes; the archivists will advise on what may be consulted at any one time. Researchers are asked to bear this in mind when planning their research with us, as they may need to make more than one visit in the course of their research.