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The Record Office has reopened

Please see ‘Reopening and Booking’ on our home page for new booking procedures and opening hours. Under latest government guidance it is compulsory to wear face coverings in libraries and public reading rooms unless you have an exemption. Visits will need to be pre-booked and we have made some additional changes in the search rooms, visitor facilities and the reception area to ensure we remain Covid-secure. Guidance from the National Archives recommends that archival materials are quarantined after use for up to 72 hours. This means the availability of our records may vary and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. We will continue to be able to help by telephone or email and we encourage you to use these methods where possible. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.


The Record Office has a vibrant exhibitions programme which includes displays produced in-house and those from community groups.

Our Current Exhibition

On display at the Record Office now is ‘Making Better Citizens’ – the 4th August 2019 marks exactly 75 years since the passing of one of the most significant acts relating to education in this country.  The 1944 Education Act known as ‘The Butler Act’ was masterminded in the depths of World War Two by Richard Austen Butler, President of the Board of Education.  This exhibition looks at schooling prior to the act, what the act created, its opponents and Leicestershire’s own dynamic and innovative reaction known initially as ‘The Leicestershire Experiment’ which heralded the creation of ‘Middle’ or ‘High’ schools.

On display now until late Autumn.

This Year So Far…

The year began with our exhibition on Forgotten Champions of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. This exhibition was produced by pupils from Robert Smyth Academy in Market Harborough as part of a Heritage Lottery Young Roots project to mark the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918. It used local source material held at the Record Office to highlight the contribution made by local women and men and to ensure they are remembered by history so they can inspire a new generation.

In February and March 2019 we hosted These Names are Lamps of Sacrifice produced by North West Leicestershire District Council working with local partners and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the War Memorials Trust.
This exhibition recognised the 354 men from the Coalville urban district who gave their lives in the First World War.

From the beginning of April to the end of June, our exhibition was Mind Your Manors – a look at the fascinating history of manorial records and how they can help with local and family history research.
Our recent project with the National Archives has added Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland to the online Manorial Documents Register so the records will be easier to locate and better described.

Exhibitions at the Record Office

If you have an exhibition you would like to display here or any other questions about our exhibitions programme please contact us.