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Syon Abbey Collection

Guidance on Access

Everyone is welcome to access the Syon Abbey Collection.

Advice and guidance on access to the Syon Abbey Collection can be provided by our Special Collections team. Please make sure you are aware of the access conditions, in particular to the Syon Abbey archive, before your visit by emailing us at

Records containing personal data (information that relates to an identified or identifiable living individual) may be closed for a specified period. For some items, access may be provided to readers on a case-by-case basis and on condition that a 'Reader Undertaking concerning Access to Archive Collections that would otherwise be Closed (Data Protection)' form is signed and abided by.

All post-1975 correspondence is closed to public inspection on a 50-year rolling basis from the date of creation of each item.

Some items in this collection are very fragile. In some cases, assistance from our Special Collections team may be required to handle material, or a digital surrogate may be provided to protect the physical record.

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