Due to a shortage of staff the Archive Service will be closed for lunch between 1.00pm and 2.00pm until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Due to a problem in the strongrooms we are currently unable to produce original documents. The searchroom remains open for the use of: catalogues, family history indexes, printed matter from the library and OS maps; microfilm of newspapers, parish and chapel registers, and census returns; and internet based family history resources, such as Ancestry and Findmypast.If you are uncertain about what you might need to view for your research, either telephone or email the Archive Service for further information (Tel: 01267 228232); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Archives Service has in its care documents which date from the fourteenth to the twenty-first century. These unique records are the raw material for evidential historical and family research. They form the written memory of the County.
Archives come in all shapes and sizes and include documents on parchment rolls, loose sheets of paper, bound volumes, photographs, maps and plans video and cassette tape and CD. The Archive Service has in its care thousands of records filling nearly two miles of shelving. They include:
- Parish and non-conformist registers
- Local government records - Quarter and Petty Sessions, County Council, Urban and Rural District Councils, Parish and Community Councils.
- Records of estates, businesses, schools, hospitals, associations, families and individuals
Anyone interested in the records we hold is welcome to visit the Archive Service.