COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 UPDATE: Re-opening of GPI

The GPI is planning to re-open to researchers in a phased way from 18 August 2020. We will review the situation every 2 weeks.

Prior to your visit:

Access will be on Tues-Thurs by prior appointment only, subject to availability. Our staff will be working on a rota to enable social distancing within the office. Because of this, we cannot guarantee appointments 5 days a week. If you are unable to visit the office on Tues-Thurs, please discuss this when making your appointment. We can only have one researcher at a time within the GPI.

Please make your appointment at least 2 weeks in advance. Email us on  info@georgepadmoreinstiture.org  to make your appointment.

You must pre-order all documents that you wish to view. Documents must be ordered a minimum of 1 week in advance of your appointment.  The earlier you can tell us, the better. We need to quarantine all materials handled by researchers for 72hrs, so we must plan ahead to ensure that your documents will be available. If any of the items you have requested are not available, we will endeavour to let you know prior to your visit.

Our online archive catalogues remain accessible via the https://www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org/archive or Visit Archive Catalogue link (top right of our website Home page). These catalogues include overviews and background essays on all of our collections  https://www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org/archive/collections or you can carry out detailed searches of the materials.  https://www.georgepadmoreinstitute.org/archive/archive 

We are continuing with our enquiry service and our email is being monitored daily, so please contact us on info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org to discuss your research interests.

You will be required to wear a face covering when entering the GPI and throughout your visit. Risk mitigation is essential at certain points in the GPI building where social distancing at 2m is not viable. If you cannot wear a face covering, please tell us when you book your appointment. If you would rather discuss this by phone, please send us an email to this effect and we can arrange a conversation with you.

We require full contact details from you when booking your appointment. This is to avoid completing any hard copy reader registration forms, use of signing-in books, handling ID, etc. Also, in line with NHS Track and Trace guidelines, we may be asked to provide the contact details of anyone who has been in the building at a specific time. All data will be held securely and will be destroyed when no longer required.

The Day of Your Visit:

Please do not travel to the GPI if you or any members of your household or workplace are feeling unwell or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Visitors exhibiting symptoms of illness will be asked to leave.

Wash your hands thoroughly before you travel. Please use your own personal hand sanitiser when you reach the GPI building, especially if you have been on public transport or in communal areas prior to arrival.

Make sure you are wearing a face covering before entering the building. If you cannot wear a face covering, please see above for information.

Please ring the GPI entry phone when you arrive, and staff will come down and let you in. Always maintain social distancing at the entrance. If the front door is open, remain outside until you are told to enter.

Social Distancing:

For those of you unfamiliar with the GPI, we occupy a very small building, and this is challenging when it comes to social distancing and ensuring that we have the appropriate procedures and staffing levels in place. Please ensure you wear your face covering at all times and maintain a social distance of 2 m wherever possible.

No food or drink is allowed in the search room. Phones should be switched to silent. You will not be allowed to remove your face covering to carry out a phone conversation whilst you are in the building.

Hygiene Measures:

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our top priority.

Small buildings also increase the likelihood of touching communal surfaces, so we must all follow and maintain stringent hygiene measures.

We have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in place.

Please wash your hands thoroughly in the bathroom after arrival and before entering the search room.

In the search room, you will find your documents on the desk. We will avoid handing you materials. Leave the documents on the desk when you have finished.

Please wash your hands before and after consulting any hard-copy catalogues.

Please wash your hands before leaving the building.

Allhard surfacesinthesearch room will be thoroughly cleaned daily and between research visits.

Please limit your movement around the search room and building, avoid touching anything unnecessarily and follow social distancing guidelines.  We will turn on the lights for you in advance and turn them off again. We will leave doors open for you. Do not touch light switches, door handles, window, or door frames.

What to Bring with You:

Please bring as little as possible in the way of bags, coats, etc. We do not have any lockers.

Please bring any equipment, pencils, sharpeners etc you may need. If you need headphones, please bring your own.

We recommend readers bring their own phone/camera if they need to make copies of collection material. Photocopying and scanning services are not available at present.  

Please keep updated via our website, and don't forget to follow us on social media. 

We hope you remain in good health and we look forward to welcoming you again to the GPI.

3 August 2020

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UPDATE on COVID-19: 6 July 2020

Greetings to all supporters, researchers and other participants in GPI activities 

We want you to know that we are doing all that we can to re-open the GPI. We are already receiving enquiries from those wishing to gain access to our archives. However, the GPI will remain closed until we are confident of everyone’s health and safety while they are on site.

We are currently working on putting in place solutions to a number of problems. For those of you unfamiliar with the GPI, we occupy a very small building, and this is a headache when it comes to social distancing and ensuring that we have the appropriate procedures and staffing levels in place. Small buildings also increase the likelihood of touching communal surfaces, so we must all follow and maintain stringent measures when it comes to hygiene. There are further complications around the need to quarantine any materials consulted by researchers for 72hrs, either side of use. We will only reopen once we have solved these problems as safely as possible

At present, we are aiming to re-open during August 2020 – exact date tbc. We will issue a full update and guidelines in advance of reopening. We are continuing with our enquiry service as best we can and our email is being monitored daily, so please contact us on info@georgepadmoreinstitute.org if you have a query.

Our online archive catalogues remain accessible via the Visit Archive Catalogue link (top right of our website Home page). These catalogues include overviews and background essays on all of our collections or you can carry out detailed searches of the materials.

Meanwhile, the GPI is always grateful for any donations, large or small, in this period which presents particular financial challenges to GPI and to all heritage-related institutions. Donations can be made through this Paypal link; or by bank transfer [Sort code 20-46-57; Acc. no: 00004642]; or by sending a cheque addressed to the George Padmore Institute, 76 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EN, UK

Please keep in touch via our website, and don't forget to follow us on social media. 

We hope you remain in good health and we look forward to welcoming you again to the GPI in due course.