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Information on visiting The Record Office from 19th July 2021

We are looking forward to welcoming more people back to the Record Office. However the health & wellbeing of visitors and staff remain our key priority. We are therefore taking a more gradual approach to lifting our Covid safety measures. We continue to encourage the use of face coverings for visitors and staff. Visits are still by pre-booking only although unlimited items can now be ordered on demand again. Please see 'Book Your Visit' on our home page for revised booking procedures. Thank you for your patience whilst we implement our gradual reopening plan. UPDATE: The Record Office will be open on SATURDAY mornings 21 August, 4 September and 18 September. We will be CLOSED FOR STOCKTAKING from 25 September to 9 October (inclusive).


Record Office Online Archive Catalogue

Containing descriptions of a wide variety of records from many sources, both public and private, relating to Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

Only certain records have so far been entered on the database. Work is ongoing to convert our old paper lists and transfer data from other formats. Please return frequently as lists of newly-deposited and converted records are being added all the time. Many of our full catalogues can still only be viewed in our searchroom, but almost all now have at least a summary available online (at ‘collection level’). All new full lists completed since 2006 also appear online.

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Leicestershire Libraries Catalogue

Including many Record Office library books published since 2006 and older publications which have been newly catalogued since 2009.

Many other local studies items can still only be found via the library card catalogue and indexes in our searchroom. Some local studies library collections, such as printed ephemera, biography files, illustrations, pamphlets and sale particulars are listed in the online archive catalogue.

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Image Leicestershire

The Image Library of Leicestershire County Council contains a growing number of images from Record Office collections which are available to view and buy; including digitised glass negatives, lantern slides and railway photographs, as well as large collections from Leicestershire Museums Service.

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Railway Archive: The Last Main Line

Including the Record Office’s Newton photograph collection, recording the construction of the Great Central Railway.

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East Midlands Oral History Archive

Details of recordings which can be heard at the Record Office.

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The National Archives

The official archive of over 11 million historical government and public records for England and Wales.
Its catalogue Discovery contains thousands of descriptions of records for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, held at The National Archives, the Record Office and elsewhere. This includes catalogues from the Access to Archives project which covers many from the Record Office (mainly family/estate, business, hospital, military, court, coroners and prison records). It contains some lists, especially those of business records, which have yet to be added to our own online catalogue. The Manorial Documents Register identifies the nature and location of manorial records in England and Wales.


Media Archive for Central England

Film, tape and digital material, including most of the Record Office’s film collection which has been transferred.

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University of Leicester Library Special Collections

Including some local archives, such as the newspaper library collection of the Leicester Mercury; also My Leicestershire History, an electronic collection of local books, photographs, trade directories etc. and Manufacturing Pasts, a collection of digital resources (many from the Record Office) documenting industrial change in 20th century Leicester.

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