The Record Office is CLOSED until further notice
Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers is our top priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations we have taken the decision to close the record office until further notice. We will not be able to undertake research or give collections advice at this time, but will endeavour to respond to any enquiries, if possible, but this service is dependent upon staff availability. We will put any further updates about the service on our website. We’re encouraging all our customers to stay safe in these unprecedented times by keeping up to date with the latest government guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Obtaining Copies of Records
The Record Office offers various copying services either self-service and undertaken by staff. Our searchrooms are equipped with computers, microfiche and microfilm readers and appropriate printers. Therefore it is possible to obtain a copy of a diverse material such as printouts from family search websites (e.g. Find My Past, Ancestry), newspaper articles, parish registers, wills etc.
Whilst most copies can be provided the same day, larger orders or those requiring staff assistance may need to be collected or posted. Postage will normally be charged in addition to the cost of the copies.
We also offer analogue (physical) and digital copies of items in our collections, subject to copyright and other restrictions such as items’ condition and size, to be ordered via email or letter. To request a copy please download one of the forms below, fill it in, sign it and return to the office via email or post. Please note we only supply digital copies and cannot photocopy registers (e.g. parish, workhouse, vehicle registration) but if you are not sure what format the original you wish to order copy of is, please get in touch so we can advise you further.
We accept cheques and card payments and all our copy orders are subject to a minimum charge of £6.00/UK and £12.00/overseas.
Visitors are allowed to use their cameras in the search rooms by purchasing a Photographic Permit. The fee is £7.50 for a daily permit or £25 for a weekly permit. Terms and conditions apply.