Visit the archives and museums

Experience the history of Hertfordshire first hand with a visit to our archives or museums.


Visit the archives

Opening hours, directions and facilities at the archives

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.

We have free lockers and a seating area for you to use when you visit.  You can't bring food, drinks or bags into the reading rooms.

We regularly have events and displays, including getting started at HALS.

View original documents

To view original archive documents at HALS, you will need to obtain a Hertfordshire Archives Reader's Ticket (HART). To get one of these on the day of your visit you will need to bring proof of identity and address with a signature, such as:

  • driving licence
  • passport
  • recent utility bill.

A full list of valid forms of proof is available from HALS.
If you still hold a valid County Archived Research Network (CARN) ticket then we will continue to accept this as proof of ID until the card expires.

Taking photos and digital copies

You can take your own pictures of documents when you come and visit. You can also download digital images from our microfilms to your memory stick. Ask us for a pass. Prices for photos or digital downloads – there are 2 types available:

Day pass – £10

Half day pass – £5

Annual pass – £100

For a combined pass (allowing photos and downloads of microfilm images):

Day pass – £15

Half day pass – £7.50

Annual pass – £150

Visit a museum

There are over 40 museums in Hertfordshire. From the Natural History Museum in Tring to smaller museums across the county, you'll never be short of things to do.

Each of our museums hold group tours for large visits so you can get a better experience of the history when you visit.