Visiting us

A statement from Glamorgan Archives in light of the current Covid-19 situation.

Updated 1st June 2021

Glamorgan Archives is pleased to announce that we will be reopening for pre-booked searchroom visits from Tuesday 8th June.  Due to the ongoing restrictions, we require searchers to book in advance of any visit and let us know what documents are required.  Documents will then be quarantined in advance and after use.

The searchroom will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-12.30pm and then 1.30pm-4pm to allow for enhanced cleaning.  Guidance and clear procedures will be issued to all visitors prior to their booked session.  Please email GlamRO@cardiff.gov.uk for more information and to book a seat.

We would like to thank all of our users for their patience during the last year, and for bearing with us whilst we prepared the building ready to reopen.  The team at Glamorgan Archives has been very grateful for the ongoing support.

Laura Cotton

Glamorgan Archivist

Glamorgan Archives accepts reservations for places in the public searchroom for the following sessions:

Tuesday 10.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.00

Wednesday 10.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.00

Thursday 10.00 – 12.30 and 1.30 – 4.00

How to Find Us

Address:
Glamorgan Archives
Clos Parc Morgannwg
Leckwith
CARDIFF
CF11 8AW

Telephone:     (029) 2087 2200
Email:             GlamRO@cardiff.gov.uk

Bank holidays

Glamorgan Archives will be closed on the following days

Christmas Holidays
Monday 27 December 2021
Tuesday 28 December 2021

New Year’s Day
Monday 3 January 2022

Before you visit

Glamorgan Archives Booking Procedures

 

How do I book a place?

The best way to book is by email.  Contact us at glamro@cardiff.gov.uk

If you do not use email you can contact us by phone on 029 2087 2299.

 

Booking guidance

Please do not book a place if you, or anyone in your household, is showing any symptoms of Covid19:

  • temperature
  • cough
  • loss of sense of taste / smell

Please wait until you have received a negative Covid19 test result, or have completed your isolation period and are completely recovered, before making a booking

Our opening hours are Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm -4pm.

Please note that we will close for one hour over lunch.

Bookings must be made at least a week in advance of your visit.

When booking, let us know if you would like to visit in the morning, in the afternoon, or for a whole day.

Visitor numbers are limited and we are currently experiencing high demand.  Please only book for one day initially so that we can ensure all those who want to visit can do so.

Each booking is for one person only.  If two people from the same household wish to visit together, you will need to book two seats.  Please let us know when booking and we will seat you together.

All documents required for consultation must be booked a week in advance of your visit.

The number of documents you can request will be limited.  This will depend on the size of the items you wish to view.  Staff will be able to advise when you contact us to make a booking.

Access to some of our very large items may not currently be possible

Library books are no longer on open access but can be ordered in advance with your documents

If you require the use of a camera stand please book this in advance when reserving your table and documents

Forms for self-service photography will be sent to you on booking.  Please complete and return these by email during or after your visit.

We are currently unable to provide access to public PCs.

You can connect to our free public wifi using your own device

Free access to online family history sites will not be available for the time being.

We cannot currently offer in person family history advice and guidance.  Please contact us by email with your query and we will try our best to help.

 

When visiting Glamorgan Archives

Appointment times will be staggered – please keep to your allocated arrival time

Please wear a face covering.  If you are exempt from wearing a face covering please let us know when booking.

Wash or sanitise your hands on arrival

Please maintain a 2m distance between yourself, our staff and other visitors

Locker space is limited so bring only the items essential for your visit – notepaper and pencil, laptop, camera etc.

Please remember to bring a pencil with you when you visit.  Pens and biros are not permitted in the searchroom and we will no longer be able to lend pencils to visitors.

If you are bringing a device that requires charging, please ensure that it is fully charged.  We can no longer guarantee access to a power socket

When in the searchroom, please remain seated at your allocated desk.  Once you have finished with your document the staff will remove it and bring your next item.

Any reading aids eg weights and book supports required during your visit will be placed on your table prior to arrival

If you need to pay for reprographics services, online payment is preferred.  The staff can arrange this as required.

Our toilets are open.

 

Cancellation

If you need to cancel your booking please let us know as soon as possible so that we can allocate your space to another visitor.

Glamorgan Archives may need to cancel your booking in the event of a positive Covid19 case within the service.  We will give you as much notice as we can and rearrange your appointment as soon as possible.

 

Accessibility

The Glamorgan Archives building is fully accessible

If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, please let us know when booking.

If you have a hearing impairment please let us know when booking and we will ensure staff wear visors in place of facemasks

If you need support when visiting let us know when booking.  You will need to book two places but we will seat you together.

 

How we ensure your visit is as safe as possible

Enhanced cleaning is in place in all public areas of the building including additional cleaning at lunchtimes

All searchroom furniture and equipment is cleaned thoroughly before and after use

Documents are quarantined for 72 hours before and after use

We operate a strict clean hands policy at Glamorgan Archives.  Staff will wash / sanitise their hands thoroughly before producing any documents for use in the searchroom.

Staff will wear facemasks when producing documents and moving around the building

Registration

To use the Glamorgan Archives searchroom you will need to register as a searcher on your first visit. We will ask you for some personal details, including home address and telephone number, and about your research; your photograph will also be taken.

To complete registration you will be asked to agree to our searchroom rules and to provide two forms of identification, one which includes proof of your name (e.g. driving licence, bank/credit card, passport) and another which shows proof of your address (e.g. utility bill, council tax bill, official document/letter – this should be dated within the last three months). If you are unable to produce such documents, for whatever reason, please speak to a member of staff who will help you find a way to use our service.

Having registered, you will be issued with a registration card which you will need to bring with you whenever you visit the Archives

Data Protection Act 1998: the information provided will not be passed to anyone else and will be kept for internal purposes only.

Lockers

Locker space is limited so bring only the items essential for your visit – notepaper and pencil, laptop, camera etc. Please leave all unessential items at home or in your car.

Pencils

Please remember to bring a pencil with you when you visit.  Pens and biros are not permitted in the searchroom and we will no longer be able to lend pencils to visitors.

Use of cameras

If you require the use of a camera stand please book this in advance when reserving your table and documents

Forms for self-service photography will be sent to you on booking.  Please complete and return these by email during or after your visit.

Using computers

We are currently unable to provide access to public PCs.

You can connect to our free public wifi using your own device

Free access to online family history sites will not be available for the time being.

Cleaning and Refreshments

We are unable to offer seating in our foyer area currently.

Enhanced cleaning is in place in all public areas of the building including additional cleaning at lunchtimes

All searchroom furniture and equipment is cleaned thoroughly before and after use

The Archives is a five minute walk away from a retail park where there are several cafes and sandwich bars.

For satellite navigation or internet map services, our postcode is CF11 8AW. Clos Parc Morgannwg is located just off Sloper Road.

A handy landmark is the new Cardiff City Stadium – if you can see that, you can’t be far away as we’re right next door. We’re also adjacent to the Capital Retail Park, although there is only pedestrian access between our site and the shops.

Find transport to us using Traveline Cymru, National Rail Enquiries, Arriva Trains Wales, Cardiff Bus. Traffic News and Cameras are available from the BBC.

Travelling by Train

From Cardiff Central catch the train either to Grangetown or Ninian Park stations. Grangetown is on the Penarth line and Ninian Park is on the City Link in the direction of Radyr. Trains to Radyr leave every half hour, trains to Grangetown leave every 8-10 minutes.

If you are travelling in from the North of Cardiff you can alight at Radyr and take any train heading for Coryton on the City Link, which will travel through Ninian Park on the way to Cardiff Central. Trains on the City Link run approximately every half an hour.

Travelling by Bus

From behind Cardiff Central Library you can catch the service Number 1 or 2. These are city circle bus routes and you should try to catch the Number 1 to travel to the office and the number 2 to get back. Both these services stop at the closest bus stop to the Archives, and run twice an hour. Alternatively service numbers 92, 93, 94 and 95 all stop at the ends of Sloper Road and are no more than a 10 minute walk from the Glamorgan Archives.

Travelling by Car

If coming from Cardiff city centre, follow the A4161 along Castle Street and then onto Cowbridge Road East. Continue onto Wellington Street, and then take the second exit at a five way junction onto Leckwith Road, signposted Penarth and Dinas Powis. Proceed under two railway bridges and then turn left onto Sloper Road at a traffic light controlled crossroads. Continue for quarter of a mile; as you pass Cardiff City Stadium, Clos Parc Morgannwg will be on your right – there is a brown tourism sign at the entrance to the road.

From outside Cardiff, travel to Junction 33 on the M4 and leave the motorway to join the A4232. After six miles exit the A4232 at the B4267 turn off, sign-posted Cardiff City Stadium. Take the first exit from the roundabout onto Leckwith Road (B4267). Continue for half a mile, passing the Capital Retail Park and Cardiff City Stadium on your right. At a traffic light controlled crossroads, just before a railway bridge, turn right onto Sloper Road. Continue for quarter of a mile; as you pass Cardiff City Stadium, Clos Parc Morgannwg will be on your right – there is a brown tourism sign at the entrance to the road.

We have both car and bicycle parking for visitors.   The car park is locked when the office closes.

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