Archive Services and Price List
Searches for holdings on a single building, or for aerial cover or archaeological information for a small area of interest, are usually free of charge and we aim to tell you what we hold within 15 working days* (three weeks) of receipt. If your search is large or complex, we may need to charge for our time - we'll advise if a Research Fee applies and ask for your agreement before going ahead.
If you need results quickly, we offer two priority search services. A separate fee applies to each collection included in the search (aerial photographs/archaeology/buildings):
- Priority Plus Search - a list of search results for enquiries received before 10am on a working day* despatched by 5pm the same day.
- Priority Search - a list of search results for enquiries received before 10am on a working day* despatched by 5pm the next working day.
* Our working days are Monday-Friday, excluding bank holidays and a two week closure period over Christmas and New Year which will be advertised on our web pages.
Please note that we will be closed and services suspended on 24 and 25 September 2019 to allow our team to take part in a staff conference.
All copying is subject to the copyright status and physical condition of the original. To use copies for any purpose other than private study, you must ask for permission to do so. Historic England reserves the right to charge reproduction fees - please contact us for a Request for Reproduction Permission form.
Order these reference copies to see what we hold if you can't visit. These can only be made if we hold a printed version of the item.
Digital copies are available at two resolutions:
- Low resolution - for on-screen previewing and draft printing.
- High resolution - for publication quality printing up to A3 @300dpi (dependent on format and quality of the original), or for closer examination of images.
If a digital copy exists i.e. you have seen an image on our online catalogue, we can supply a copy of this. Where we don't have a digital copy, we'll scan the image for you, usually from the original photographic negative/print.
We may be able to provide a higher resolution scan from some originals - contact us (see details below) to discuss your requirement.
Prints are available in a range of paper sizes. Most can be produced with a lustre or gloss finish (20x16 are only available with a lustre finish) and have a white border. Prints are made using a digital process.
For an additional fee we can scan just that part of an image you are interested in to high resolution. These are always made from the original archive item. Areas must be marked on a photocopy and may be no smaller than 5x5cm.
The original formats of reports vary and may include large plans. We'll provide a quote for copying a specific report.
Products marked with * in the price list below are available on a three working day Express Service at double the listed price - requests for these services must be received before 10am on the first working day. You can order up to ten photocopies, or five scans/prints/plans.
Please note: a minimum order charge of £4 (£3.33 excl. VAT) applies, except for self-service copies.
We'll normally send an invoice which you can pay by credit/debit card, BACS or cheque. We'll include information on how to pay with the invoice. We may request payment in advance in some circumstances.
Packing and postage to addresses within the UK is included. Express orders will be sent by first class post. If you're purchasing from outside the UK, please contact us before ordering.
|Product/Service||Price (including VAT)||Price (excluding VAT)|
|Priority Plus Search fee||£114.00||£95.00|
|Priority Search fee||£66.00||£55.00|
|Research fee (per hour or part thereof)||£54.00||£45.00|
|Low resolution scan*||£12.00||£10.00|
|High resolution digital image from digital file*||£14.40||£12.00|
|High resolution digital image from original*||£36.00||£30.00|
|Part enlargement (added to cost of scan/print)||£12.00||£10.00|
|Plan/drawing - digital from digital file*||£14.40||£12.00|
|Plan/drawing - digital from original*||£36.00||£30.00|
|Personal photography day licence||£10.00||£8.33|
|Self service photocopy (Public Search Room)||£0.20||£0.17|
|Report||price on application|