CARN tickets
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CARN tickets


We operate the County Archives Research Network (CARN) ticket system at Walsall Local History Centre. If you do not already have a CARN ticket you will need to register on your first visit. There is no charge for this

What is CARN?

The County Archives Research Network is a network of different record offices which have come together to have one standard ticket system. This means that when you get a CARN ticket from this office you can use it at any of the other offices that are part of the network. If you already have a CARN ticket issued at one of the other offices you can use that here.

What identification do I need to get a CARN ticket?

Since your ticket can be used at any one of the participating offices it is important that there is a standard way of issuing tickets. For this reason, we must see certain identification. This must be something official with your name, printed address and signature.

Acceptable proof of identification includes:

For both address and signature:

  • Driver’s Licence (paper licenses are no longer valid, however)

For address only:

  • Medical Card (with address)
  • Bank statement
  • Household bills
  • Official letter
  • Pension Book
  • UB40
  • Building Society Passbook
  • Disabled Person’s Registration
  • Post Office Savings Book
  • Vehicle Registration Documents
  • Foreign Passports (evidence of a UK address must also be provided with this)
  • EU Identity cards (evidence of a UK address must also be provided with this)
  • Correspondence with Walsall Local History Centre

For signature only:

  • Credit card
  • Debit card
  • Cheque guarantee card
  • National Insurance card
  • National Trust card
  • Passport

N.B. You need to bring proof of both address and signature.

If you do not have the correct ID with you then we cannot issue you with a CARN ticket. However, we can issue a temporary ticket for up to three visits. This will not allow the use of computers.

Where else can I use my CARN ticket?

Anglesey Archives
Berkshire Record Office
Birmingham City Archives
Buckinghamshire Record Office
Bury Archives Service
Cambridgeshire Archives Service
Ceredigion County Record Office
Chester and Cheshire Archive Service
Cornwall County Record Office
Coventry City Archives
Cumbria Archives Service
Denbighshire Record Office
Devon Record Office
Dudley Archives and Local History
Essex Record Office
Greater Manchester County Record Office
Gwent Record Office
Gwynedd Archives and Museum Service
Hampshire Record Office
Herefordshire Record Office
Hertfordshire Record Office
Isle of Wight County Record Office
Kent Record Office
Canterbury Cathedral Archives
Lancashire Record Office
Leicestershire Record Office
Norfolk Record Office
Nottinghamshire Archives
Oxfordshire Archives
Plymouth and West Devon Record Office
Portsmouth City Museums and Records Service
Powys County Archives Offices
Somerset Archive and Record Service
Southampton Archives Service
Suffolk Record Office
Surrey Record Office
Sussex Record Office
Teeside Archives
Warwickshire Country Record Office
Wiltshire Record Office
Wolverhampton City Archives
Worcester Record Office
Worcester History Centre

This page was last updated on 03 November 2016