Local history research

Find out about your local area, people from the past or the history of your house.

There are 7 main places to look:


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


Help with your research

The Archive Reading Room is open for pre-booked appointments.

No booking is required for the Local Studies Library except for Tuesday evenings and Saturdays.

Archives re-opening - what you need to know

Unable to visit? Try our remote research and copying service.

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