Our data collections can be downloaded free of charge for non-commercial purposes. If charges are applicable, you will be notified during the ordering process.


Commercial charges

Data required for commercial purposes are subject to an administrative charge of £450 per project plus a per study number charge of £50, in addition to any media, postage and packing, or other charges described below.

Non-uk data

If data are requested from a non-UK archive, the charges of the originating archive may apply. If any charges are due, users will be notified before the data are supplied.

VAT (Value Added Tax)

VAT is charged at 20% according to HM Revenue and Customs guidelines. The following users and/or uses are currently exempt or zero rated:

  • all students, in any country, using data for their education
  • users, in any country, using data for academic teaching purposes
  • users from European Union (EU) countries who provide a VAT number
  • users from outside the EU
  • users from the University of Essex using data for departmental purposes

Payment methods

Where payment is required, invoices are sent by post or made available online.

All cheques (UK Sterling only) must be made payable to UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX and sent to: Finance Section, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex CO4 3SQ. Tel: +44 (0)1206 872166, Fax: +44 (0)1206 872924, Email:

Please include your invoice number, or a copy of your invoice, with your payment for it to be properly allocated. Information on paying with major credit/debit cards or by bank transfer is available on the invoice.

Payment enquiries should be directed to the Finance Section at the address given above.

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