This is a very small archive located inside the Royal Fusiliers Museum located inside the Tower of London complex in London. This archive is practically unknown, but they have a wealth of material that would appeal to anyone studying military history. Their material stretches the breadth of the regiments history with a particularly strong focus in the Boer Wars through the World Wars.
What to know:
- The archive does not have an online finding guide, however, the archivists are extremely helpful. They will happily send you information regarding your topic if you email them in advance.
- There is not a separate reading room, so you will be working in the office with the archivist.
- Security is intense, so you absolutely have to arrange a visit in advance. You will need to stop by the business office outside of the Tower of London to pick up a badge then use a special entrance to the Tower of London.
- The archive is only accessible by a large number of stairs, so if you have mobility issues this archive is not for you.
- In the summer, the archive is extraordinarily hot. There is no AC, and there is only a small slit window to allow for air circulation.
- The hours are quite limited, so you need to be well prepared to make the best use out of your time here.
In the Area:
- The archive is located in the Tower of London, so lunch options are extremely limited and quite expensive.
- The Tube access is extremely useful.
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