visiting the pensions archive

The Pensions Archive material is accessible to all interested researchers via the reading rooms at London Metropolitan Archives (LMA).

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All visitors who wish to access original material at LMA will require a History Card. You can register online or when you arrive at LMA. In order to complete your registration at LMA you will require an acceptable form of identification.

An appointment is not necessary to view catalogued material, however, advance notice of 3 working days is required to view an uncatalogued collection. This is to allow staff enough time to produce items for readers. To check the cataloguing status of any PAT collection, please go to our collections page and click on the links in the table of Pensions Archive collections, or contact the enquiries team at LMA before arranging a visit.

While the Trust is empowered to charge for access to the Pensions Archive, no charge is made for bona fide researchers, students and other beneficiaries.  However, users are asked to make some reasonable contribution towards the added cost of extraction, analysis or copying of materials on their behalf from the Archive.  The normal LMA scale charges will apply for this purpose, possibly with an additional handling fee for copying, to be passed on to the Trust.  Similarly, the normal LMA scale rates apply for research work, or charged separately where carried out by Trust personnel.

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The Pensions Archive Trust - Registered Charity No. 1122633

Chairman - Alan Herbert     Secretary - Peter Dawes