Roughly half of our collections come from private sources: businesses, charities, clubs and societies.
We are always pleased to accept archives of any age which illustrate past or present life in Berkshire. We can take them either as a gift, or on deposit, with the depositor retaining legal ownership.
All our collections are stored in secure strong rooms with controlled temperature and humidity, protected by a fire and intruder alarm system. Trained staff are employed to sort, catalogue and package documents. The Royal Berkshire Archives is also fully-equipped for the conservation and preservation of the records held here.
We are also happy to help advise you on how best to store your own records in the office or home.
What about born-digital records?
We have put together some guidance notes to help you decide whether to offer digital records to the Royal Berkshire Archives.
If you would like to read the guidance, simply click on the downloadable PDF link below.