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The Record Office is CLOSED until further notice

Focusing on the health and wellbeing of our staff and customers remains our top priority. In line with national guidance and government recommendations we will close our Record Office from 4pm on Wednesday 4 November. The closure of our Record Office, along with other cultural and heritage attractions across the nation, will mean tougher times ahead for those working in the sector. We hope to continue to support researchers by responding to enquiries and providing copies of records where possible. Please make use of our online catalogues and resources. We will let you know when bookings are open again. We’re all in this together and will make sure our approach reflects the latest government guidelines. Keep up to date by visiting and follow our social media channels.


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.