Reading room

The Archives and Library reading room is equipped with computers for public use, as well as microfilm and microfiche viewing equipment. There is a self-service reader-printer for making copies from microfilms. WIFI is available.

Family History Advice

During our Saturday opening (first Saturday of the month, 9.15 to 12.45), a member of the Canterbury Branch of the Kent Family History Society will be on hand to provide advice on family history research. S/he will be happy to discuss getting started on family history and new avenues of research. For more information about the branch, and useful information about family history research in the Canterbury area, see

Copying services

We offer a range of reprographic services: please see our Digitisation Studio brochure, our price list and our order form.
We also offer self-service photography in our reading room: please see the permit application form for further information.

Permission to publish

Those wishing to publish images from our collections should complete our permission to publish form.


The Archives will respond to routine enquiries about its collections. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days. For commissioning genealogical research and other detailed research on our collections, please see our researchers list.

Information for depositors

The Cathedral Archives collects according to its collecting policy. Material can be accepted as a gift, loan (deposit) or bequest. See here for our gift and loan agreements. Please contact us to arrange the delivery of new material.


The Archives houses a paper conservation studio, which can carry out repair and conservation work on books and archives. Please contact us for further information.