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The Record Office is CLOSED until further notice

Owing to the current national lockdown, we regret that the Record Office will remain closed until further notice. This message will be updated when circumstances change. We will continue to be able to help by email or via 'Contact' above and look forward to welcoming visitors back as soon as possible.

Admission and ID

To minimise contact, we are currently not issuing or using reader’s tickets. The CARN system has ended and the replacement Archives Card will be introduced in due course.


You will still need to bring identification with proof of your name and current address and signature. The following forms of identification are acceptable:

  • Valid CARN ticket
  • Driving licence
  • Utility bill (current)
  • Council Tax bill/Council rent book
  • Medical card (with address)
  • Bank statement
  • Vehicle Registration document
  • Official letter
If providing suitable identification is a problem for you please contact the office using the details below.
We aim to help everyone to use our services and to ensure that lack of identification is not a barrier to access.

For security reasons, bags are not allowed into the searchrooms. Lockers are available (free) for secure storage of your belongings.