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NEXT OUTING TO KEW: Tuesday 13th June 2017   25

We will stop at both the National Archives and the Royal Botanic Gardens 

Non-members are welcome to join us Terms and conditions

  Bookings contact: Tricia Baxter at a branch meeting,
           or by 
Email  or  Telephone: 01227 453576         


07:00 Herne Bay: William Street Car park
07:10 Herne: Bus Stop opposite the church
07:15 Sturry: Station
07:30 Canterbury: Dover Road P&R
08:00 Faversham A2: Bus stop opposite Mackenade Avenue.
10/15 minute Comfort stop Clacket Lane Services

10:45 Elizabeth Gate Kew Green Botanic Gardens
11:00 The National Archives

16:00 The National Archives
16:15 Elizabeth Gate Kew Green Botanic Gardens
10/15 minute Comfort stop Clacket Lane Services
19:00 Arrive Herne Bay

TIPS FOR VISITING - The National Archives
PREPARATION - save time by searching for references of records you want before you leave home. Some original documents are not stored at Kew and will need to be ordered at least a fortnight in advance. TNA's website will tell you if the item is an original record held off site or whether its on film, fiche, database, or held at Kew.  TNA Catalogue  

FAMILY HISTORY ARCHIVES  - birth, marriage and death registers and certificates  are no longer at Kew; available from the General Register Office by post only. Most other family history records are stored on databases, films and fiche.

CLOAKROOM -on the ground floor are cloakrooms with lockable coat racks and free lockers. Free clear plastic shopping bags are provided for your personal items.

FOOD OUTLETS - on the ground floor is a restaurant, coffee shop, museum and bookshop You may eat your own packed lunch in the restaurant or the picnic area in the grounds by the duck pond.

WHERETO START - On the first floor there is a reception desk where members of staff will help direct you in the right direction. Often to other desks where a more in depth answer to Military questions or family history questions can be addressed with an expert in the subject. There are also serve yourself handouts with titles such as 'My Ancestor was a Marine' laid out in a step by step format with the references you will require.

READERS' CARDS - are not needed for records held electronically the majority of TNA'sFamily History files are now on film or computer. The original document reading room is also on the first floor. There are security staff on duty at the entrance who will search the belongings of those entering and leaving the reading room. They will deny access to those without a Readers Cards.

FREE DOWNLOADS AT KEW- Anything you find on TNA's website for which a charge is made to download to your home computer is free to access on the computers at Kew. They have hundreds of computers for public use but you may also take your own Laptop and there are electric points you may use. The only charge you may incur would be if you wanted to take a photocopy of a document. The photocopiers are self service and you can load a readers card with money and use it in the copiers. Or their latest initiative for items stored electronically is that you can email it from Kew to your home computer. NB: You can also have free use of within TNA.

ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS - you will need a Readers Card to access these documents. As TNA do not recognise the CARN [County Archives Research Network] Readers Card it may be wise to bring with you items to get a National Archives Readers Card. TNA are most definite about what ID they will accept so be sure to visit their website to check you have the correct paperwork with you on the day. Before You Visit TNA

READERS' CARDS ARE FREE- You may apply for a day, a year, or a three year card. If you loose a one or three year card you will be charged 5 to replace it. You won't need to bring photos they use a webcam. You will be required to take a short document handling course via one of their computers in the Card application room.

ONCE YOU HAVE YOUR READERS' CARD - you will now be able to order documents via the computers at Kew. On future visits you will be able to order original documents and your seat in the search room a week before leaving home; thus saving time on the day. 

PHOTOGRAPHY - TNA allow the use of digital cameras to photograph most original documents; as long as the flash is turned off. Photocopiers are also available.

PERSONAL ITEMS - TNA are very specific about what researchers are allowed to take into the original document reading room. There are security guards at the entrance to ensure this is adhered to. Seemingly insignificant items such as erasers, pencil sharpeners and more than 6 loose pages are amongst banned items Notebooks with fixed pages are allowed but no bags. You may carry personal items such as wallets in pockets or they provide FREE clear plastic shopping bags in the cloakrooms to carry your items about the building. What is allowed in the reading room may be checked at Before You Visit TNA

TIPS FOR VISITING -The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew
TRY FEES APPLY  Ticket Information

OTHER FEES - there may be entrance fees to Kew Palace and the Royal Kitchens situated inside the gardens and open from Spring to autumn. As they are managed by 'Historic Royal Places'  any entry fees will not be included in your garden entry fee.  Information

FOOD OUTLETS -  there are cafe's and restaurants in the gardens. Packed lunches can be eaten at out-door picnic areas.

MOBILITY - there are a limited number of wheelchairs for visitors use that need to be booked in advance.  Mini bus tours of the estate are available throughout the day. More about accessibility and wheelchair bookings go to. Access-guide

Tricia Baxter, Webmaster David Wood, Branch Chairman

Page updated21 February 2016