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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).


The Record Office has an active volunteer programme managed partly by the Friends of the Record Office and partly by staff. From 1st April 2018 – 31st March 2019 our volunteers did an impressive total of 3954 hours 37 minutes of work.

Volunteer projects include indexing building plans for Leicester City Council and Blaby District Council, cataloguing photographic collections, cataloguing local studies library stock, indexing military records, indexing theatre programmes, indexing asylum patient records, cataloguing Civil Defence files, sorting ordnance survey maps, conservation work and providing advice on the Auster Aircraft Archive.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer the best advice is to Contact us.

The office is open for volunteer work Monday – Thursday 9.15am-5pm and Saturday mornings from 9.15am-12.15pm. Volunteer projects must take place within those hours as it is not normally possible to provide supervision and support in the evenings and at weekends.

A variety of skills are needed for volunteer work at the Record Office. As well as being friendly and adaptable you should also have reasonable literacy and numeracy skills and an interest in written history and old documents. IT skills are helpful but not essential for all projects. We can usually accommodate people with disabilities: please discuss your requirements when you contact us.
Please be prepared to supply references.

Volunteers are part of Leicestershire County Council’s volunteering programme. To find out more about how Leicestershire County Council supports volunteering, please click here.