HISTORY RESOURCES FOR LOCAL AND FAMILY HISTORIANS, STUDENTS, VISITORS TO THE UK AND THE CURIOUS

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Records office finder: England and Wales

The links below will take you directly to the page on the ARCHON directory which lists the archive's address, phone number, email address and opening hours, along with links to an online map.

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NORTH EAST

Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office

Durham County Record Office

Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections

King's Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum

Northumberland Record Office

Teesside Archives

Tyne and Wear Archives Service

 

NORTH WEST

Alliance and Leicester Group Archives

Bolton Archive and Local Studies Service

Bury Archive Service

Cable and Wireless Archive

Cheshire Military Museum

Cheshire and Chester Archives and Local Studies Service

Chethams Library

Cumbria Record Office and Local Studies Library, Whitehaven

Cumbria Record Office, Barrow

Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle Headquarters

Cumbria Record Office, Kendal

Greater Manchester County Record Office

Knowsley Library Service

Lancashire Record Office

Liverpool Record Office and Local History Service

Liverpool University, Department of Special Collections and Archives

Manchester Archives and Local Studies

Manchester University, John Rylands Library

Manchester University, Labour History Archives and Study Centre

Merseyside Record Office

Mountain Heritage Trust

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

National Museums Liverpool, Maritime Archives and Library

Oldham Local Studies and Archives

Queens Lancashire Regimental Museum

Rochdale Local Studies Library

Royal Northern College of Music Archives

Salford University Archives and Special Collections

St Helens Local History and Archives Library

Stockport Archive Service

Tameside Archive Service

The Waterways Trust, David Owen Waterways Archive

Transco plc

Warrington Library, Museum and Archives Service

Wigan Archives Service

Wirral Archives Service

 

YORKSHIRE

Abbey House Museum

Ampleforth Abbey Archives

Armley Mills Industrial Museum

Aviva Co Archive

Bankfield Museum

Bar Convent, York

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies

Bayle Museum

Beverley Library Local History Department

Bootham School

Bradfield Archives

Bradford Cathedral Archives and Library

Bradford Industrial Museum

Bradford Local Studies and Reference Library

Bradford Textile Archive

Bradford University, JB Priestley Library

Bridlington Local Studies Library

Brodsworth Hall

Bronte Parsonage Museum

Cannon Hall Museum

Captain Cook Memorial Museum

Castleford Library

Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum

Church Lads' and Church Girls' Brigade

Cleckheaton Public Library

Cliffe Castle Art Gallery and Museum

Colour Museum, Bradford

Commonweal Collection

Craven Museum

Crimlisk Fisher Archive

Dales Countryside Museum Local Study Centre (MacFie and Calvert Trust)

Dales Countryside Museum

Doncaster Archives Department

Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery

Duke of Wellington's Regiment Museum

East Riding of Yorkshire Archives and Records Service

Filey Museum

Fort Paull

Georgian Theatre Royal Museum

Goole Museum

Goole Public Library

Green Howards Museum

Grimsby Central Library

Harewood House Trust

Harrogate Central Library

Hawley Collection Trust

Henry Moore Institute

Heptonstall School Museum

Hornsea Museum

Huddersfield University Library

Hull Central Library, Local Studies

Hull City Archives

Hull Maritime Museum

Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library

Ilkley Public Library

John Goodchild Collection

Joseph Rowntree Foundation Library

Keighley Public Library

Kelham Island Industrial Museum

King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Regimental Museum

Kiplin Hall

Knitting and Crochet Guild

Kohima Museum

Laurence Sterne Trust

Leeds Leisure Services, Local and Family History Library

Leeds Metropolitan University, Learning Centre

Leeds Museum Resource Centre

Leeds Roman Catholic Diocesan Archives

Leeds University Library, Liddle Collection

Leeds University, Brotherton Library

Leeds University, Museum of the History of Education

Malton Museum

Manor House Art Gallery and Museum

Middleton Railway Trust

Morley Public Library

Museum of South Yorkshire Life

National Arts Education Archive

National Coal Mining Museum for England

National Fishing Heritage Centre

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television

National Railway Museum Library and Archives

North East Lincolnshire Archives

North Lincolnshire Museum

North Yorkshire County Library Headquarters

North Yorkshire County Record Office

Northallerton Reference Library

Otley Museum

Peace Museum, Bradford

Peter Wenham Memorial Study Centre

Pontefract Area Library

Pontefract Museum

Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire Museum

Quilters' Guild of the British Isles

Reckitt Benckiser plc, Reckitt Benckiser Heritage

Richmondshire Museum

Ripon Museums Trust

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough, Archives and Local Studies Section

 

Royal Armouries Library

Royal Pump Room Museum

Ryedale Folk Museum

Sailors' Families' Society

Saltaire Studies Centre

Savile Estate Office

Scarborough Art Gallery

Scarborough Central Library

Second World War Experience Centre

Sedbergh School

Sewerby Hall

Sheffield Archives

Sheffield Assay Office

Sheffield City Libraries, Local Studies Section

Sheffield Company of Cutlers

Sheffield Hallam University, Psalter Lane Learning Centre

Sheffield University Library

Sheffield University, National Centre for English Cultural Tradition and Language

Skipton Reference Library

Stewart's Burnby Hall Museum Trust

Thackray Museum

The Mount School

Thirsk Museum

Thoresby Society, Leeds

Tolson Memorial Museum

Wakefield Art Gallery

Wakefield Libraries and Information Services Local Studies Library

Wakefield Museum

Waterways Museum

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Bradford

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Kirklees

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds

West Yorkshire Archive Service, Wakefield Headquarters

Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society

Wilberforce House and Georgian Houses

Withernsea Lighthouse Museum

World of James Herriot

York Archaeological Trust

York Castle Museum

York City Archives Department

York City Art Gallery

York Merchant Adventurers Company

York Minster Archives

York Reference Library, Local Studies Department

York St John College

York University, Borthwick Institute of Historical Research

York and Lancaster Regimental Museum

Yorkshire Air Museum

Yorkshire Archaeological Society

Yorkshire Film Archive

Yorkshire Museum

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

 

EAST MIDLANDS

Derbyshire Record Office

Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office

Lincolnshire Archives

Northamptonshire Record Office

Nottingham University Library, Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Nottinghamshire Archives

 

WEST MIDLANDS

Birmingham Archdiocesan Archives

Birmingham City Archives

Birmingham University Information Services, Special Collections Department

British Motor Industry Heritage Trust

Coventry Archives

Dudley Archives and Local History Service

Herefordshire Record Office

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Library and Archives

Oswestry Town Council

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Museum (Royal Warwickshire)

Sandwell Community History and Archives Service

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office

Shropshire Archives

Staffordshire Regiment Museum

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, Burton upon Trent Archives

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, Lichfield Record Office

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, Staffordshire Record Office

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, Stoke-on-Trent City Archives

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service, William Salt Library

The Black Country Living Museum

Walsall Local History Centre

Warwick University, Modern Records Centre

Warwickshire County Record Office

Wolverhampton Archives and Local Studies

Worcestershire Record Office

 

EAST OF ENGLAND

Ashwell Village Museum

Baldock Museum and Local History Society

Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service

Bishop's Stortford Local History Museum

 

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery

Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives

Cambridge University, Christ's College Library

Cambridge University, Girton College Library

Cambridge University, King's College Archive Centre

Cambridge University, St John's College Library

Cambridge University, Trinity College Library

Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Cambridge

Cambridgeshire County Record Office, Huntingdon

Churchill Archives Centre

Dacorum Heritage Trust

Datchworth Museum

Elstree and Boreham Wood Museum

Essex Record Office

Essex University Library

First Garden City Heritage Museum

Hertford Museum

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Holkham Hall

Ipswich Transport Museum

Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery

Long Shop Steam Museum

Lowewood Museum (Hoddesdon)

Mill Green Museum and Mill

Norfolk Record Office

Potters Bar Museum

Redbourn Village Museum

Royston and District Museum

St Albans Museum

St Albans Organ Museum

Stevenage Museum

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds Branch

Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich Branch

Suffolk Record Office, Lowestoft Branch

The Forge Museum

Three Rivers Museum of Local History

Ware Museum

Watford Museum

de Havilland Aircraft Heritage Centre

 

LONDON

Alpine Club Archives

Barking and Dagenham Public Libraries

Barnet Local Studies and Archive Centre

Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre

Bishopsgate Institute

British Library, Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections

British Psychoanalytical Society

Bromley Public Libraries, Local Studies and Archives

Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

City of Westminster Archive Centre

Corporation of London Records Office

Ealing Local History Centre

Enfield Local History Unit

Future Histories - Black Performance and Carnival Archive

Geological Society of London

Greenwich Local History Library

Guildhall Library

Hackney Archives Department

Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre

Haringey Archive Service

Hillingdon Local Heritage Service

Honourable Artillery Company

House of Lords Record Office

Imperial War Museum Department of Documents

Institute of Contemporary History and Wiener Library

Institution of Civil Engineers

Institution of Electrical Engineers Archives Department

Institution of Mechanical Engineers Library

Kings College London, Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Kingston Museum and Heritage Service

Lambeth Archives Department

Lambeth Palace Library

Lewisham Local Studies Centre

Library and Museum of Freemasonry

London Borough of Sutton Archives

London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan University, Women's Library

London University Library

London University, Birkbeck College

London University, British Library of Political and Economic Science

London University, Imperial College Archives

London University, Institute of Education

London University, Kings College Archives

London University, School of Oriental and African Studies Library

London University, University College London (UCL) Manuscripts Room

Middlesex University, Bernie Grant Archives

National Army Museum, Department of Archives Photographs Film and Sound

Natural History Museum

Redbridge Local Studies and Archives

Richmond Local Studies Library

Rothschild Archive, London

Royal Academy of Music Library

Royal College of Physicians of London

Royal College of Surgeons of England

Royal Free Hospital Archives Centre

Royal Geographical Society

Royal Institute of International Affairs

Royal Institution of Great Britain

Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum

Royal Society for Asian Affairs

Royal Society of Medicine

Royal Society

Salters' Company

Save the Children

Science Museum Library

Society of Antiquaries of London

Southwark Local Studies Library

St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives and Museum

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

University College London Hospital (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust

Waltham Forest Archives and Local History Library

Wandsworth Local History Collection, Battersea Library

Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine

 

SOUTH EAST

Army Medical Services Museum

Berkshire Record Office

Canterbury Cathedral Archives

Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies

Centre for Kentish Studies

East Kent Archives Centre

East Sussex Record Office

Godalming Museum

Hampshire Record Office

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Isle of Wight Record Office

Kent and Sharpshooters Yeomanry Museum

London University, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre

Museum of English Rural Life

National Motor Museum

Oxford University, Ashmolean Museum, Department of Antiquities

Oxford University, Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts

Oxford University, Edward Grey Institute

Oxford University, History of Neuroscience Library

Oxford University, Institute of Virology

Oxford University, Lincoln College Library

Oxford University, Museum of Natural History

Oxford University, Museum of the History of Science

Oxford University, New College Library

Oxford University, Nuffield College Library

Oxford University, Wadham College Library

Oxfordshire Health Archives

Oxfordshire Record Office

Portsmouth Museums and Records Service

Reading University Library

Royal Logistic Corps Museum

Southampton Archives Services

Surrey History Centre

Sussex University Library Special Collections

The Tolkien Society Archives

Watts Gallery

West Sussex Record Office

 

SOUTH WEST

Bath University Library

Bath and North East Somerset Record Office

Berkeley Castle Muniments

Bristol Record Office

Brixham Heritage Museum

Cookworthy Museum

Cornwall Record Office

 

Devon Record Office

Dorset Record Office

English Heritage National Monuments Record

Gloucestershire Archives

Longleat House

Museum of Bath at Work

North Devon Record Office

Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Royal Institution of Cornwall

Somerset Archive and Record Service

University of Bristol Special Collections

Weymouth Museum

Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office

 

WALES

Anglesey County Record Office/Archifdy Ynys Mon

Carmarthenshire Archive Service

Denbighshire Record Office

Flintshire Record Office

Glamorgan Record Office

Gwynedd Archives, Caernarfon Record Office

Gwynedd Archives, Meirionnydd Record Office

National Library of Wales, Department of Collection Services

Powys County Archives Office

West Glamorgan Archive Service