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    The main archive source of the majority of Polish Exile service personnel is held in two places in the UK.

    The 1st is with the MOD records office which can be contacted via the following :
    Address:
    Polish Records
    Royal Navy and Army:
    Polish Correspondence Section
    Room 28B
    RAF Northolt
    West End Road
    Ruislip
    Middlesex
    HA4 6NG

    Email: polishastdisoff@northolt.raf.mod.uk

    Email: polishdisoff@northolt.raf.mod.uk

    The 2nd is through the Sikorski Institute and Museum.

    The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, 20 Princes Gate, London SW7 1PT

    Below are the latest regs.

    as you can see, the times are tight, and it would be best to have somebody who knows Polish with you - and the script of wartime and pre-war Polish handwriting is not easy to decipher. At any rate, you should wait until you get the files from Northolt, which also is no longer easy as you you to prove relationship, and the standard of proof is pretty stiff. This came about because of the general tightening of privacy regulations, some of our sleazier countrymen abusing the system and getting files to put together "groupings" of militaria to sell with a "provenance".

    GOOD LUCK !
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    The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

    The Archives

    Keeper of Archives: Dr Andrzej Suchcitz

    Deputy Keeper of Archives: Miss Jadwiga Kowalska MA


    The Archive reading room is open: Tuesday - Friday

    9.30 - 4.00 pm (files cannot be ordered between 12.30 and 2 pm or after 3.30 pm)

    The reading room is closed throughout February.

    Photocopies: 40 pence per copy (b/w), colour 1.00p

    Digital camera: 25 pence per photo.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    Dear Sir/Madam

    As at 1st March 2011 all postal archival enquiries will be charged at 25 for up to two hours search, with no guarantee of a positive result. The Institute does not undertake comprehensive research requests by post. These have to be carried out in person in the Archive reading room by the interested party.

    The Archive reading room is open Tuesday - Friday 9.30 - 4pm (closed throughout February).

    We request a written confirmation of acceptance of the above conditions without which the search cannot be initiated. All requests are answered in turn. The current waiting period is 5-6 months.
    Good Hunting !

    (PISM details updated thanks to GFC's in put)

    Gary J.
    Last edited by Gary J; 08-05-2011 at 08:37 PM.

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