Find out about the copyright policy for this website.

The images, text, designs and other material on this website are copyright of Plymouth City Council, or a third party where identified. We make every reasonable effort to ensure that the correct permissions or licences have been obtained to use content that has a third party copyright vested in it. We cannot make a guarantee on this so if you suspect a copyright infringement on our website please contact us.

You are able to use the material on our site for personal and educational use as long as you acknowledge ‘The Box (Plymouth City Council)’ and provided you aren’t infringing the rights of a third party. If you wish to use a third party image then you must contact the copyright holder directly to gain permission.

Copyright, intellectual rights and watermarking – Plymouth & West Devon Record Office (PWDRO)

No text, images or data from PWDRO databases may be reproduced for any use or posted elsewhere on the internet without permission from PWDRO in writing. This copyright also covers our online archive catalogue and our information shown on the Discovery website.

Rights in the online archive catalogue database are the property of the Plymouth City Council, © 2015.

Rights in the Discovery database are the property of the Crown, © 2015.

Copying service for private researchers – Plymouth and West Devon Record Office (PWDRO)

Most of the images you can look at on the PWDRO online catalogue have been watermarked. Please do not try to remove the watermarking or crop the image, as to do so infringes copyright. We can provide you with a copy of the image without any watermarking for your private research or school/university studies. Please see our photocopying page [link to copying charges] for further information.


We use photography as a representation of the services we offer. Whilst we make every effort to seek permission from visitors if there is a photograph you would like to be removed, please contact us and we will remove it immediately.