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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).

Vision and Mission

Our Vision

We shall lead in the collection, care and dissemination of the historic records of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland. Our staff, our buildings and the service we offer shall be second to none – providing an archive of which everyone can be proud and which inspires others; in professionalism, service and innovation.

Our Mission

Ours is a global service, making accessible here and throughout the world archives of universal appeal and relevance.

We work with a wide range of partners; preserving records of triumph, endurance and everyday life – to tell the story of our region.

We are pioneers in broadening ways of reaching our audience; telling the story of our region and enabling people to form a tangible link to their past.

We embrace new techniques and technologies; seeking out records in every modern format and preserving all we have by the latest means and to the highest professional standards.

We celebrate our traditional skills; in interpreting the writing and language of the past and in caring for our paper and parchment.

We are the collective memory of all ages and all communities, guarding their historic record and ensuring their rights over it. We shall care for our collections with integrity and impartiality. We shall not judge, and we will always uphold the legal and ethical rights of our region’s citizens.

We shall be professional in all we do. We shall support and train our staff and expect the highest standards of them. We shall be honest, diligent and adventurous in pursuit of our vision.