Please note that the Record Centre is situated in Bermondsey; see the bottom of the page for contact details.
The Church of England Record Centre holds the archive of the central bodies of the Church of England: the Church Commissioners, Archbishops’ Council, National Society and Church of England Pensions Board, as well as the records of their predecessor bodies.
The core collections date from 1704, following the creation of Queen Anne’s Bounty. The material reflects the evolving organisation of the Church of England and the multitude of roles the Church played in the social, religious and economic history of England and Wales, as well covering colonial history and the Anglican Church abroad.
If you would like to consult material, this is possible by appointment. Please contact us to book a table in the Reading Room at the Record Centre.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am-4pm, except public holidays. Details of Easter and Christmas closure will be published on this page.
To book an appointment:
- please give at least 2 working days' notice
- check the references of the items you wish to see
email these to us at firstname.lastname@example.org  putting 'Advance Order (CERC)' in the subject line.
We will then confirm your booking. If you are unable to make your appointment, please let us know.
On your first visit, you must register for a reader's ticket. You can also use this card to access Lambeth Palace Library.
To obtain the ticket you need to bring 2 forms of ID - one piece of photo ID and one proof of address from each of these lists:
Passport; Driving licence; Police/Customs/Home Office/Warrant Card; Forces ID card; Old Lambeth Palace Library/CERC reader's card.
Proof of Address
Recent Utility Bill (Gas, Electricity, Telephone, Water - less than 3 months old); Bank/Building Society Statement (printouts not accepted); Credit Card Statement; Council Tax Bill/Council Rent Book; State Pension Book Benefit/Family Credit Book; Passport (where the address has been officially entered by the issuing authority); Driving Licence with address; TV licence.
Any item appearing on both lists can only be used once.
[Staff of the National Church Institutions: you do not need to register for a reader's ticket but bring your staff pass.]
To reduce the delay of registration, you may wish to provide us with information in advance. Please send us (by email):
Please note that you are still required to bring the two forms of ID mentioned above on your first visit.
Disability access provision: please contact the Record Centre in advance.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 1030
Post: The Church of England Record Centre, 15 Galleywall Road, South Bermondsey, London, SE16 3PB.
The Record Centre can provide a range of copying services. However, the type of copy which can be supplied may depend on the format and condition of the original as the preservation of material for future generations is the Record Centre's overriding concern. Where a surrogate of a record exists, we will normally create copies from that surrogate for preservation reasons. The provision of copies is also subject to copyright considerations.
As much of CERC's holdings is uncatalogued, to request copies, please send an initial enquiry by post or email, stating the document references. The Record Centre will then advise on format, cost and payment.
Readers visiting the Record Centre may undertake self-service photography with their own equipment. Such photography is permitted subject to the purchase of a daily photography licence (£5). Permission to photograph items is at the reading room supervisor's discrection and will depend on the condition of the documents and other restrictions. Please see the reading room supervisor or contact us in advance of a visit for further information. A permit for the day purchased at the Record Centre is valid at Lambeth Palace Library, and vice versa.
Please click on the links below for information on individual copying services provided by the Record Centre.
Photocopies and scans should be ordered from the Reading Room supervisor when you visit the Record Centre, or by sending us an enquiry by email or post. The Record Centre does not offer self-service photocopying, but self service photography  is available.
For preservation reasons, some material may not be suitable for photocopying or scanning, however, digital photographs of this material can often be provided.
Photocopies/Scans via Sharefile
requested in the Reading Room
Scans via Share File (via enquiry)
Photocopies via mail (via enquiry)
black & white or colour
1st item per order £7.00
Subsequent scans/copies £1.00 each
A maximum of 50 copies can be made per request
Postage and packing (1st class ‘signed for') :
United Kingdom £4 Europe £9 World £12
The Record Centre can provide digital images via ShareFile (a secure online file sharing service) or by email (depending on size).
Orders should be placed in the Reading Room or by sending an enquiry by email or post. This service is not available ‘while you wait'.
High quality images (TIFFs or JPEGs): £12.00 each
These images are suitable for detailed research purposes and for reproduction.
Standard quality images (PDF):
1st item per order £7.00
Subsequent images £1.00 each
These images are suitable for basic research purposes but not for reproduction.
Images will usually be sent via ShareFile, a secure online file sharing service, or by e-mail depending on size.
Note that some images of some items from the collections are available via the image management system .