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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.

Research

Research and Consultation Services

If you are unable to visit the Record Office or need advice about what to do next in your research, we may be able to help you! Whilst we cannot undertake prolonged research, we can undertake searches of up to an hour in physical or online records.

Or, if you are stuck, why not book a consultation with an archivist who can offer professional advice on your research and where to look next. Research and consultation is charged at £15 for 30 minutes (minimum bookable time) or £25 for one hour. We do not charge for advice on our holdings and we will ensure that you are fully informed of the availability of source material and likelihood of success before we recommend further research. However, please bear in mind that the payment is for the search rather than results.

If you are looking for your own records (for example adoption or care information) you are probably making a Subject Access Request. This can be done through Leicestershire County Council. You will not normally be charged for access to or copies of your own records.

In all cases please contact us if you need help and we will be able to advise you further.