Research Services

The ATA Museum and Archive is located in the Maidenhead Heritage Centre.

Aviation historians have described the ATA collection as a ‘gold mine’ and material from the archive has been used in three recent documentary films including ‘Air Transport Auxiliary’ (available from our shop). Historians, students, journalists, novelists, film-makers and family historians have also used the ATA archive at Maidenhead.  Our collection has featured on Breakfast-time TV in Australia and  on BBC TV ( “Celebrity Antiques Road Trip”) .


The archive includes over 100 logbooks of ATA pilots, both male and female, including log books from two American and one Canadian pilot.   A wide range range of documents related to  Air Transport Auxiliary, mostly from private sources, includes diaries of one American man and one American woman; also that of ATA’s chief technical pilot Flt Capt G A V Watson, and at the other end of the scale the diary of a woman trained from scratch by ATA. Copies of the full ATA pilots notes are held for  many but not all of the 148 aircraft types flown by ATA. The extensive photograph collection includes many from private albums which are not in the public domain. The photo collection is widely used by researchers and authors but many of the photos are subject to copyright.

The Museum holds a complete list of all ATA employees. The service records of ATA aircrew (pilots and flight engineers) are held by RAF Museum Hendon, but these are available to next of kin only.


We regret that the Museum is unable to answer enquiries by post or email which require more than one hour per enquirer.  Our volunteer staff are unable to undertake extensive research for enquirers but will try to answer simple queries and advise on likely sources for the information requested. Research fees: £20/hr, minimum £10.00.

If your enquiry requires any extensive research you will be asked to arrange an appointment to visit the Museum in person. Overseas enquiries please email us on to discuss your research.  We aim to reply to queries within 20 working days.


The ATA archive is available from Tuesday – Saturday, opening hours 10am to 4pm. Charges apply.  A range of finding aids is available and volunteer  staff are usually available to assist. Please contact the staff in advance to discuss your area of research. Due to the small size of the Search Room, a limited number of appointments are available and prior booking is essential.

To make an appointment, or for further information, contact the Administrator on 01628 780555 or by email


  • Personal visitors Half Day (10.00 – 13.00) £20.00
  • Full Day (10.00 –16.00) £30.00

Reduced charges for two or more days.

Photocopying charges for visiting researchers:

  • Per A4 sheet: black & white 20p colour 50p

This charge includes photocopying 10 A4 sheets; postage is extra. We do not provide copies of entire documents.


Requests for copies of photographs should be phrased as precisely as possible. Photograph research by the Museum is an extremely limited service. Currently we will commit a maximum of one hour per enquirer, charged at £20 per hour, with a minimum charge of £10.  Those requiring large numbers of photographs MUST make an appointment to do their own research. Copyright and Data Protection legislation apply. Please note that many images in the collection are subject to Copyright.

Copyright clearances are the responsibility of the user.


Copies of many of the images in the collection are available to order; digital copies are also available.. Please allow ample time for the order to be processed. You may visit as a researcher to select photographs.

Copies of items in the Museum’s collection may NOT be used in the public domain without prior permission in writing. For reproduction fees, see below.


  • Print: 7” x 5” (b/w or colour) £8.00
  • Print: 10” x 8” (b/w or colour) £12.00
  • Digital image, per scan £6.00
  • CD £1.00
  • Postage and packing: UK from £4.00 , Overseas at cost, subject to change without notice

REPRODUCTION FEES for still images, charged per image used:

  • Academic Lecture or Thesis – not for publication £10.00
  • Not-for-profit publication £15.00
  • Profit-generating/commercial publication £25.00
  • Website use from £100.00
  • Commercial Exhibition (Stills) from £100.00
  • Commercial – other from £110.00
  • Film from £250.00

Reproduction fee discounts:

  • 1-10  images charged at flat rate
  • 11-25 images 10% discount
  • 26+ images  – Please contact us


The Museum’s knowledge of ATA is second to none. Advice can be given to writers of historical articles, film/TV scripts etc. The finished material can be checked for errors by our team of experts. The consultancy fee is currently £100/day, minimum charge £50.


Payment may be made by cash, cheque, PAYPAL or BACS transfer.

At present the Museum does not accept credit/debit cards unless the cardholder is present.

Cheques should be payable to ‘Maidenhead Heritage Trust’.