Local history research

Discover your local town or search the history of your home, school or church.

There are 7 main places to look:


Take a look at the guides to our collections as well.


Help with your research

We have re-opened with an appointment-only system and social distancing measures.

Book an appointment for Tuesday - Friday morning at least 7 days before you plan to visit. If you know what you’d like to see, please prioritise document requests in order of preference.

Archives re-opening - what you need to know

If you're struggling to find the information you want, or are short of time, you can pay for one of our experts to do the research for you.

£18 – 30 minutes

See all fees and charges


After we've searched, we'll send you a report of our findings. 

You can then order copies of the documents or visit the archives to view them for free.

Local history groups