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The Record Office is CLOSED until further notice

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers remains our top priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations we will close our Record Office from 4pm on Wednesday 4 November. The closure of our Record Office, along with other cultural and heritage attractions across the nation, will mean tougher times ahead for those working in the sector. We hope to continue to support researchers by responding to enquiries and providing copies of records where possible. Please make use of our online catalogues and resources. We will let you know when bookings are open again. We’re all in this together and will make sure our approach reflects the latest government guidelines. Keep up to date by visiting and follow our social media channels.

Talks and Tours


We encourage groups to visit the office to find out more about our work and are happy to offer talks and tours in the evening and at the weekend.

The Work of the Record Office

An introductory visit to the office costs £50 and normally consists of a short introduction, tour of the public rooms, storage areas and conservation and the chance to see a selection of archives. Access is all on one level and although the conservation unit is on the first floor we can make arrangements to bring material downstairs if anyone in the group has mobility difficulties. We normally ask for a minimum of 10 people for a visit.

If you would like to book a group visit please Contact us.

Talks Outside the Office

We are able to deliver talks to groups in different locations but cannot bring documents with us for security reasons. The fee for outside talks is £50 and we may require additional travel expenses.
Talks are usually delivered with the help of a PowerPoint presentation on a computer so we will need somewhere to plug in a laptop. The Work of the Record Office talk includes a look at some of our most popular, unusual and exciting documents.

If you would like to book an outside talk please Contact us.


Talks on Different Subjects

As well as an introduction to the Record Office staff can deliver talks on other subjects including The Life and Times of Richard III, Hospital and Asylum Records and a variety of World War One topics.

See the list of subjects here.

Booking a talk

  • All talks and visits are subject to the availability of staff and we reserve the right to refuse bookings.
  • We do not normally take bookings more than six months ahead of the required date. This is to ensure that we can fulfil the booking commitment.
  • On rare occasions it may be necessary to cancel a talk at short notice, for example, if the staff member delivering it is ill. If this is the case, we will refund any monies paid to us but cannot offer compensation. Where possible an alternative date will be offered to the group.