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Information on visiting The Record Office from 11th October 2021

Our opening hours have returned to normal, except we are closed 12.30 - 13.30 for cleaning and ventilation. Searchroom capacity has been increased and there is now no need to book. The health and wellbeing of visitors and staff remain our key priority and we continue to encourage social distancing and the wearing of face coverings. Please see 'Visit Us' for more details, including opening hours. We look forward to welcoming back more visitors.

Volunteers

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.