Rules for using our collections

Please help us to preserve Wigan’s archive collections.

As the records we look after are unique and irreplaceable, we ask you to observe a few simple rules to help protect them:

  • Documents may not be removed from the searchroom
  • Please use only pencils. No form of ink is permitted, even for your own notes
  • Use the book supports and weighted cords where appropriate
  • No smoking, drinking or eating (including sweets/chewing gum)
  • Do not lean upon any document or place objects upon them
  • Retain all files or bundles of paper in their original order
  • Please place all coats and bags in the lockers provided or on the coat hooks. Please keep the tables and work areas free from all personal possessions
  • You are welcome to take your own digital photographs of documents for a small charge, and for private study only. Fees are applicable if any image is to be published. Please consult the archivist before using your camera and turn off your flash
  • To avoid disturbing other users, please do not conduct lengthy discussions about your research in the searchroom
  • Please switch off your mobile telephones
  • Copies of these rules are displayed prominently in the searchroom. Please ask a member of staff if you have any questions concerning this information.
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