About

Visiting the Archives:

You can consult the archives at the George Padmore Institute (GPI) free of charge.
Access to the search room is by prior appointment only.
Please ring +44 (0) 20 7272 8915 to make an appointment, or email info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org 

Appointment times are available Mon-Fri 10.30-4.00pm. Please notify the GPI as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment.

How to find us:

The George Padmore Institute is located above New Beacon Books at:
76 Stroud Green Road,
Finsbury Park,
London,
N4 3EN,
UK.
Phone: 020 7272 8915
Email: info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org

Nearest Underground/Mainline rail: Finsbury Park (about 5 minutes walk).


Physical Access:

Please be advised that the George Padmore Institute is not currently wheelchair accessible. There is a steep step to the front door and a staircase to the search room. However, we have secured limited reading space at the Islington Local History Centre for anyone unable to physically access the GPI.  Records can be transferred to the Centre which is situated in the Finsbury Library, 245 St John Street, EC1V 4NB.  The Centre is fully wheelchair accessible and has a disabled toilet.  Please contact the GPI to book this service and to discuss your needs, on  020 7272 8915.


Visiting the archives searchroom:

When you visit staff will be on hand to show you how to start your research and where to find records.
You can explore our catalogues on a searchable database and via our website. Detailed printed catalogues can also be consulted in the search room.


Ordering documents from the archives:

When using the search room, we ask you to follow a few basic rules to ensure the preservation of documents for future generations:
You can order up to three files or publications at any one time.
Please bring as little as possible into the building and search room. We reserve the right to search bags and folders.
The use of laptops is permitted but we accept no liability. There is a wireless broadband network available in the room.
Only pencils, not pens, are to be used in the search room. No correction fluids or adhesives should be brought into the room.
Please handle items with care, keep sheets in order and return them in a tidy condition. Make sure that you are not leaning on documents when taking notes, that you do not mark or fold documents and that your hands are clean. Do not moisten your fingers to turn pages. Cotton gloves will be provided by staff where appropriate.
Photography of text is permitted ONLY with the prior permission of the archivist. We do not permit the photography of photographs, works of art, posters and similar. The use of handheld scanners is not permitted in the search room. Reprographic services are available at the Institute. We do not have a self-service copier.
Mobile phones should be switched to silent when in the search room.
Please do not eat (including gum) or drink in the search room — there are local cafes and restaurants available within a few minutes’ walk of the Institute.
There is a no smoking policy throughout the building.
On your first visit you will be required to fill in a registration form giving contact details and confirming that you agree to abide by the above regulations governing the use of the archives. You will also be required to sign the visitors' book when you enter the building.


Reprographic Services:

You will be required to complete a Reprographic Order and Copyright Declaration Form for any reprographic request.

Photocopies:

Photocopies can be provided, subject to copyright and conservation constraints, for non-commercial research purposes only. Each item will be assessed as to its suitability for copying. We do not have a self-service copier.
Black and white photocopies can be supplied up to A3 size. All photocopying will be carried out by staff.
A limited number of copies can usually be supplied on the day. However, large orders may need to be posted or collected. We reserve the right to refuse or limit photocopy orders if processing the order would have a significant impact on our ability to provide other services to our users.
Current charges:
A4: 30p per sheet
A3: 60p per sheet
Colour photocopies available on request - please ask for further details.
Photocopies can be posted for an additional charge, currently: £1.50 handling charge plus postage at cost.
Where a researcher is unable to visit the George Padmore Institute, an invoice will be sent out.

Digital Images:

Digital images can also be provided (up to A3 original), subject to copyright and conservation constraints, for non-commercial research purposes only. Each item will be assessed as to its suitability for scanning.
We reserve the right to refuse or limit orders for digital images if processing the order would have a significant impact on our ability to provide other services to our users.
Current charges:
Digital image (scanned): £1.75 per image (jpeg or pdf). Emailed to researcher or researcher provides USB stick or equivalent. Plus £1.00 for every CD if used.
Postage and handling for CDs: £1.50 handling charge, plus postage at cost.
Where a researcher is unable to visit the George Padmore Institute, an invoice will be sent out.


Research Service:

Basic enquiries can usually be answered by letter, email or telephone — please contact us.
We are able to offer a limited research service for those unable to visit the Institute in person. There is a non-refundable hourly charge to cover staff time, regardless of whether the information is found or not. Please contact the Archivist for details.
Current charges:
£25 per hour. Includes report, up to 4 photocopies, plus postage.


Permission to Publish:

Researchers wishing to publish material from the Archives must first inform the Archivist in writing. The request will then be referred to the George Padmore Institute or to other copyright holders as appropriate. Where the George Padmore Institute holds copyright, a reproduction fee will usually be charged if material is to be published for commercial purposes.
If we are asked to act as an intermediary between copyright holder and researcher, a charge will be levied to cover staff time and any other costs incurred. Please contact the Archivist for further details.