LIBRARY & RESEARCH FACILITIES
In the Museum we have a comprehensive Archive and Library specifically about Royal Signals and the history of Army signalling.
In addition to the documentary collection, the Museum has a large number of photographs. The photographic collection contains historic photographs taken by members and ex-members of the Corps which portray all aspects of the life of the Corps and its antecedents from the Crimean War until today, together with photographs from units which show them at work and at play. The photographic archive also has images of the major items of signalling equipment used by the British Army since early days. many of our photographs are digitised.
There is a collection of historic training films and videos of the Corps and a collection of personal oral history recordings.
This material is available to the public, subject to normal Public Record restrictions. The Greenwood Room is set aside for reading and prior appointments should be made. Availability is Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm all year except for Bank Holidays and the two weeks encompassing Christmas and the New Year. A small charge of £6.00 is made for use of the archive which includes access to the Museum.
It is regretted that the Museum cannot accept research enquiries by telephone. All research enquiries should be submitted in writing giving full contact details including telephone number and e-mail where relevant.
PLEASE NOTE THAT A CHARGE WILL BE MADE FOR THIS SERVICE.
PUBLIC ACCESS TO THE ARCHIVE
The Archive material is available to the public, subject to normal Public Record restrictions. The Greenwood Room is set aside for reading and prior appointments should be made through the Archivist. Availability is Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm all year except for Bank Holidays and the two weeks encompassing Christmas and the New Year. A small charge of £6.50 is made for use of the archive.
Other facilities are provided.
The Museum library contains approximately 2,000 volumes. There are books covering the main aspects of military history since the Napoleonic War as well as more specialised works on the history of military communications.
Other volumes deal with the scientific and technical aspects of communicating or look in detail at specific equipment. The collection also boasts copies of all the published autobiographies of members of the Corps and the published histories of individual Royal Signals units.
The library holds, in addition to its books, a large collection of magazines produced by Royal Signals units and Commonwealth Signals units, by military societies and by civilian groups with an interest in military communications.
RESEARCH AND ENQUIRY SERVICE
Click the document link for information on the research and enquiry service provided by the Museum.
Please note that you will be directed elsewhere on research concerning the Personal Records of individual Officers and Soldiers. You should also note that initial contact on research and enquiries must be in writing AND NOT BY TELEPHONE.
Museum - Archives
ACCESS TO THE MUSEUM ARCHIVES IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY AND A MUSEUM ADMISSION CHARGE OF £6.50 WILL BE MADE.
FOR A FULL LIST OF ARCHIVE SERVICES AND CHARGES PLEASE SEE THE DOCUMENT LINK.
The Museum's archival collection was formed in 1967 with its material that dates back to before the formation of 'C' Telegraph Troop, Royal Engineers, in 1870.
The Museum is an excellent place to find out about the general history of the Royal Corps of Signals and its antecedents of the Royal Engineers.
However, THE MUSEUM DOES NOT KEEP RECORDS OF SERVICE OF ITS SOLDIERS AND OFFICERS.
It is therefore unlikely that we can assist in research concerning the personal records of individuals. If you require this kind of information please see below.
General Enquiries and Research
Regrettably, as a Museum with limited resources we cannot answer telephone enquiries. You should contact us in writing or by e-mail initially giving us your contact details and as much information about your query as possible. Once you have made contact with us in writing the person assigned to answer your enquiry may well make contact with you by telephone or e-mail in order to provide you with the most efficient service possible.
We operate a written research service for which there is a minimum administration fee of £10.00, for which you should enclose a cheque with your enquiry, made payable to the Royal Signals Museum, or your credit card details (Visa/MasterCard).
The fee is payable in advance, regardless of result. Should you wish to avail yourself of this service please submit your enquiry by post to:
Royal Signals Museum
USEFUL RELATED SITES FOR RESEARCH
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Enquiries Section, 2 Marlow Road Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7DX. Keep records relating to those who died in active service in the two World Wars.
Veterans Agency (formerly the War Pensions Agency)
Tel 01253 333737 Website www.veteransagency.mod.uk
Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Tel 0207 416 5320 Website www.iwm.org.uk
National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HT
Tel 0207 730 0717 Website www.national-army-museum.ac.uk