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Change in London Metropolitan Archives evening opening

Why we changed our evening opening hours

LMA has looked at the use made of our evening opening hours at intervals over the last few years and found that they are not heavily used by researchers.

We specifically conducted a survey during October 2017 as October is normally one of our busiest months for on-site usage and therefore a good trend indicator.  This showed that the average number of readers in the building at 6pm was 13 and this had fallen by 7pm to 6.  The number of staff required to keep the building and service running each evening until 6pm is 7 and from then until 7.30pm is 5. This is a significant and not very efficient provision of resources for the usage made of them.

Our new pattern of open evenings from Monday 3 September 2018

Consequently, from the beginning of September 2018 we reduced our open evenings from three to one and this was a Wednesday. This evening does not duplicate The National Archives’ current Tuesday and Thursday late evenings and is already used by a number of LMA led groups. To help researchers make the most of the new arrangements, we will be extending the last time original documents can be ordered from the strong rooms on Wednesday evenings from 5.40pm to 6.40pm which will give the opportunity for more material to be consulted.

In summary, from Monday 3 September 2018 LMA will be open:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9.30am - 4.45pm, Wednesday 9.30am - 7.30pm, Friday closed, and 11 Saturdays a year (usually the second in the month) 9.30am - 4.45pm.

24 May 2018
Last Modified:
20 May 2019