Large Luggage and Bags no longer Permitted inside The National Archives of the United Kingdom

A note to Americans and a few other nationalities, this refers to The National Archives of Great Britain at Kew, London, not to the National Archives of any other nation. From The National Archives web site at

With effect from 14 November 2017, large suitcases, bags and other items that are too big to fit into our lockers will not be allowed into our building. This change is being introduced for safety and security reasons, and is in line with arrangements at similar institutions across London.

Our lockers can accommodate items with a maximum size of 43 cm x 42 cm x 24 cm. Please make arrangements in advance of a visit to leave luggage elsewhere.

This change does not include pushchairs or baby buggies, which are still welcome in our building.


I am sure everyone appreciates why this has become a necessary precaution. Bag searches have been back for a while now.


    Jeraldene Bloom Stephenson October 12, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Sad commentary on today’s lifestyle.


    A new generation will have to become bomb threat savvy. For us oldies in Britain who were here in the Troubles it is nothing new. It does make us tidy our handbags 😁 and remain aware of what is around us at all times so no zoning out with the smartphone!


is the link provided the intended one? I am getting an article from 2007 re dna testing.


I guess that means no more sleeping in TNA lockers at night.


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