The ARG Archive was established around a core of research notes and materials from a number of ARG members who authored airfield-related books in the 1980s and 90s. In the years since, it has grown into what is possibly the largest archive of 20th Century UK military history reference material outside of the various national collections.
The main content is airfield related and in our facility at Alconbury we currently hold over 100,000 slides and negatives of historial airfield photographs, a library of over 4,500 books, hundreds of airfield site plans, over 3,000 airfield and airfield building drawings from WWI onwards, large-scale Ordnance Survey maps and much more besides. A large amount of material on prefabricated buildings, both military and civil, is housed here, along with original papers on the Home Guard, ARP, numerous RAF Station publications, books and journals by aircraft manufacturers, rocketry research data, airshow programmes and some level of information on virtually every airfield in the UK.
We are in the process of fully cataloguing the information contained in the archive and as the catalogue grows, it will be published here and will be updated regularly. This will help the researcher who is looking for specific information to plan visits or to make specific requests for information that our archivists will be able to provide.
As well as our own collections, we also host various dedicated collections, including the Alconbury Airfield Heritage Collection, the 8th Air Force 1st Air Division HQ Archive and the Royal Observer Corps Archive.
If you are a researcher and would like more information about the availability of items related to your field of research or if you would like to visit the archive, please, in the first instance, contact us through the contact page. One of our archivists will then get in touch to discuss your requirements further and to make arrangements for your visit.
PLEASE NOTE: The archive is not open to anyone (including members of ARGL) without prior arrangement so you must contact us first.