Services and charges

Services and charges

Peterborough Archives Service as part of Vivacity is a non-profit organisation. The income Vivacity generates helps preserve and make available the collections we hold. This page details our copying and digital charges, as well as other services we can offer to help users gain access to our resources.

All our collections are available to access free on-site, if you are unable to get to Peterborough Archives Service we can do research on your behalf at a cost. We can look for information in the records we hold, including family history and local history resources. We often do checks in parish registers, census returns and local newspapers, as well as conducting more extensive research using our local history and archive collections.


If you can’t visit the archives we can do research on your behalf

Research service charges

Quick look ups:* £10

30 mins: £20

60 mins: £30 (£15 per half hour after the first hour).


*Searches and/or copies with precise dates given e.g. newspaper searches with exact date, price to include up to 5 photocopies if more than that copying charges to be added on top. If a digital image is required digitisation costs apply.


Family history courses & skills workshops

We hold family history courses a few times a year ranging from basic for beginners through to specific topics for the more advanced researcher. Basic courses are £30 for a 4 week course, advanced sessions are £10 per session or £35 if you book all 4. Sometimes during the year we also hold skills workshops such as deciphering old handwriting, check our 'What's On' section of the website to see when the next available family history courses and workshops are. Alternatively, contact the archives.

Reprographic Charges

A4 black/white photocopies per sheet (minimum charge £1.50)


A4 computer printouts per sheet


A4 colour photocopies per sheet (minimum charge £1.50)


A4 microfilm/fiche prints per sheet 


A3 black/white photocopies per sheet (minimum charge £1.50)


A3 colour photocopies per sheet 


A3 microfilm/fiche prints per sheet (by post £5 min charge)


Digital Images & Photographs 

TIFF or JPEG image  (£3.00 for additional pages of the same item)


JPEG photograph image emailed to you (min charge £5.00)


Providing digital images on a CD + P&P


Images per frame (from your own camera)


Day pass of unlimited images (from your own camera)


Remote reprographic and digital orders come under quick look up charges for single items (see research service above) where reference numbers or exact dates are known, where they are not known and research is required the hourly rate applies. If it is an order with multiple items that amounts to over £10, standard reprographic or digital charges apply.

Publication Charges (NOT copyright)

Printed material

(Books, periodicals, magazines or journals per image)

Black/white English language £25.00
Black/white World Rights £50.00
Colour English language £35.00
Colour World Rights £75.00

Educational /textbooks per image

Black/white English language £15.00
Black/white World Rights £30.00
Colour English language £20.00
Colour World Rights £40.00

Local non-profit individual/group publications incl. use in public talks

Black/white English language per image £3.00
Colour English language per image £5.00

Web Application publications (low res images only)

Commercial publications per image £40.00
Academic publications per image £20.00
Local Charity organisations per image £4.00

 Television, film and video

TV/film flash fee (up to 12 seconds) first use (five year rights) £75.00
TV/film flash fee – each repeat (five year rights) £38.00
Worldwide buyout of one image (all TV/media in perpetuity)  Contact us