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Hire The National Archives ~ Talks Room









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About Talks Room

The National Archives, Ruskin Avenue, Richmond, TW9 4DU

The National Archives is the official archive for the UK government, England and Wales. We are the guardians of some of the nation’s most iconic documents dating back more than 1,000 years, from the Domesday Book and Shakespeare’s will, through to secrets of the security services and tweets from Downing Street.

Situated in a riverside location in leafy Kew, we are a year-round venue with large, landscaped grounds offering both daytime and evening hire. Our high quality event and conference facilities can accommodate guests for anything from a small meeting, to a celebratory dinner or reception through to a full 250-delegate conference. Our unique offer includes optional ‘heritage experiences’ as part of our day delegate rate packages; from behind the scenes tours and original document displays, to themed expert talks and events.

We are easily accessible by both tube and rail and are well located for access to the North and South Circular roads and M4 and M25 motorways. There is a car park for visitors.

A fresh and contemporary space with plenty of natural daylight, this room is well suited for boardroom meetings, seminars, lectures and presentations. In built AV equipment includes a large wall mounted screen and projector, there is also audio recording capability, wireless mics and lectern availability. The adaptable space features a room divider which splits the room into two smaller spaces, perfect if a breakout space is needed.

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Ratings & Reviews

Gail SpencerOctober 16th, 2018

An exceptional and unique place. Use as day out or for research. Just amazing....dig the swans. Like a park with tons of absorbing literature.


Ray FoulkesDecember 31st, 2018

Very popular government building, with literally hundreds of guests visiting every day. Two parts to the building, good looking new section and a huge concrete structure. Out the front is a nice water feature with fountains and swans, and next to that is a grassy area with a large pond with ducks in. There is a big car park for those that want to drive, but they have just started charging and it is very expensive, so take the R68 bus to Kew Retail Park or the tube/train to Kew Gardens station. There is a nice cafe inside and seating outside. Examples of famous items include Doomsday book, Shakespeare’s will and Magna Carta I believe amongst many millions of other documents. Press 'like' if my review is of benefit.


lausaceOctober 25th, 2018

Fantastic resource, really helpful staff ty!


Valerie TannahillJanuary 16th, 2019

An extremely interesting place to visit. Really very helpful, pleasant staff. I have just requested a non-naturalisation letter regarding my deceased relative and this has promptly been mailed to me. A wonderful service. Thank you so much for all your help!


Ed RobensAugust 10th, 2018

Once to find the place and get used to the protocol it is a great experience. However, the place should never have been built here. It is one of the most difficult places to find and you have to drive through heavy traffic. Train journeys can be time consuming because you need to change several times to get to Kew Garden station. If you live outside London it is half your day or more just travelling, and the cost of travelling today could result in £50+ on rail fares.

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