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Archives & Library

The RLC Museum’s archive comprises of over 100,000 individually recorded items covering over 800m of shelving. This includes documents, letters, reports, photographs, books etc.

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Research Enquiries:

Before you contact the Museum with a research enquiry we recommend that you:
Read our research guide to researching military family history.
• Search The RLC Online Archives which provides access to digitised Corps Journals, Royal Pioneer Corps war diaries, some enlistment books, photographs and vehicle records. Click here to access the site.

All research enquiries must begin with an email to or written enquiry addressed to Archive Department, The RLC Museum, Worthy Down, Winchester, SO21 2RG.

Please note that we do not take research enquiries over the phone or walk-in enquiries.

For our Research Enquiries Service, there is an initial charge of £25 for the first hour of research followed by £10 for every subsequent hour (up to a maximum of 3 additional hours). This cost will be mutually agreed before research is begun and is non-refundable. Fees are paid after the completion of the research.

This service can get very busy, and it may be several months before we are able to provide information.

Charges apply for using our Library and Research room and bookings must be made in advance. If your enquiry is for commercial purposes (eg. a book or a film project) a consultancy fee may apply. Other charges may apply (reproduction, photocopying, etc). Please see charges below.

For more information please click here to read our Access Policy and click here to read about our charges.

Visit the RLC Digital Archive

Please be aware

The RLC Museum does not hold individual soldiers service records within its collection. The Archive team are therefore more likely to be able to report on a unit’s activity or history and provide context to a soldier’s service, rather than specific movements, locations or actions.