Wirral Archives Service offers a range of services:

  • Public search room where original records can be consulted during opening hours
  • Research advice for both new and experienced visitors
  • Free use of the Search Room computers, with free access to family history websites, Ancestry and Find my Past
  • Microfilm and microfiche readers
  • Copying service: photocopies, laser copies and photography options are available - please ask staff for details of charges
  • Research: please see Enquiries Policy for further details
  • Group Visits can be catered for: for more information, contact the Archivist using the details on the right hand side of this page
  • School visits welcomed, with hands-on activities available
  • Research Service for those who cannot visit in person

New Reprographics Charges

  • All prices given are inclusive of current rate of VAT (20 per cent)
  • Prices do not include postage and packing
  • Some documents are fragile and cannot be reproduced
  • These prices are a guide only: quotations may be higher, and concessions may be negotiated for academic and charitable causes
  • An additional handling charge will be applied – 20 per cent of total cost or £5 (whichever is greater)

The types of reprographics we provide

  • We provide photocopies and digital copies (scans and digital camera): A4 and A3, black-and-white and colour
  • We use the Printing Department for photographic quality prints: A4 and A3; black-and-white and colour
  • We use an external company [Hobs] for photographic quality prints over A3 size, in either black-and-white and colour; quotations are variable, depending on machine size and type (flat bed or roll scanner), colour type (line, block, full), paper quality, etc.

Individual examples of how much to charge

  • House plans – the cost is dependent on the size of the original plan, so a quote will be obtained: the price of a house plan in colour starts from £20
  • Posters – individual quotes to be obtained

Ships’ Plans

  • Ships’ plans – £15 for plans up to 10 feet, the cost is higher for plans over 10 feet (usually black and white) – a quote will be obtained
  • Handling charge for ships’ plans – 20 per cent or £20 (whichever is the greater)

Charges for Photocopies and Printouts

  Photocopies

  b x w

  Archive material

  A4 50p

  A3 70p

  Library book

  A4 10p

  A3 20p

  Photocopies

 

  Colour

  Archive material

  A4

  £2

  A3

  £3

  Library book

  A4

  £1

  A3

  £1.50

  Photographic quality paper

 

  £5

  Printouts

  b x w

  Computer

  A4 10p

  A3 20p

  Microfilm reader

  A4 50p

 

Images produced by us and sent to researchers

  • For images produced by us by photocopier, digital camera or scanner, and e-mailed or posted to researchers, the charges are as above, plus the handling charge of 20 per cent of total cost or £5 (whichever is the greater), plus any postage and packing. (The cost of a CD is £2 and memory sticks are from £4.)
  • Newspapers and other poor quality items are half price. (Newspapers cannot be photocopied or scanned.)

Photography – own camera

Licence to use own camera:

  • Day: £3
  • Week: £10 (name of researcher recorded on a list)
  • Year: £40 (researcher given a card and name recorded on a list)

Facility Fee for commercial filming by television production companies

£50 per day

Items for Sale

These are full colour photographic-quality images, on card, produced for us in quantity by the Printing Department:

  postcard (A6)

  40p

  A5

  £3

  A4

  £4.50

  A3

  £6

  1598 map 

  £6

Commercial Reproduction

  • Large Scale: publication of book with large print run, magazine, television, film, website = £50 per image, black and white or colour, and copy of the book or magazine
  • Small Scale: publication of academic or local history book or article with small print run = copy of the book or article

Electronic Devices

A circuit breaker is required for any device e.g. laptop or charger which requires plugging into the mains in the Search Room. We have two in the Search Room which are free to use.

Digital Cameras

Digital cameras may be used if the item to be photographed is out of copyright. We recommend that you use a digital camera if you would like copies from our newspapers, owing to their fragile condition. The charge for the use of digital cameras is given above.

It is possible to plug in laptops and digital cameras in the Search Room – they just need to be used with one of our circuit breakers (i.e. RCDs, or Residual Current Devices). Please ask at the desk for one.