Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office

We invite you to join the Friends of the Warwickshire County Record Office! The Friends were founded in 1988 and charitable status was granted a year later. Our aims are to:

  • Support the work of our County Record Office.
  • Promote the education of the public through the use of historical records.

Find out more

  • Events: We have a list of events on our events page.
  • Join us: If you want to join Friends of Warwickshire County Record Office you can apply here.
  • Donations: We depend on donations to help purchase collections of historic records for the County of Warwickshire. You can make a donation to the Friends of Warwickshire County Records Office on our donation page.


The Friends are a vital part of the work of the Record Office. So far we have:

  • Supported successful bids for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
  • Raised approximately £42,000 since 1988.

This has helped the County Record Office to buy archival material of all types relating to Warwickshire’s history over the past 1,000 years. This includes fascinating manuscripts, printed books, photographs, maps and ephemera, as well as machine-readable databases for family historians.

Essential equipment provided by the Friends includes a document weighing machine, a map cabinet, display screens, and a slide projector. We have also given:

  • £3,000 towards the furnishing of the readers’ tea room in the renovated Record Office.
  • £4,000 towards the purchase of indexes of Births, Marriages and Deaths from the General Register Office.
  • £1,500 towards a leaf casting machine for the conservation department.
  • £2,000 towards the purchase of the estate records of Waller of Woodcote.
  • £5,000 towards the purchase of the Willes collection.

The Committee

The current members of the committee are:

Chairman: Mr Steven Wallsgrove
26 Priory Road, Warwick CV34 4NA
Tel: 01926 402166

Hon. Treasurer: Mrs Betty Sunley
10A Barrow Road, Kenilworth CV8 1EH
Tel: 01926 853574

Hon. Secretary: Miss Andie Gray
16 Broad Street, Warwick CV34 4LT
Tel: 01926 747400

Mr Philip Bonehill (Vice Chairman)
Mr Richard Chamberlaine-Brothers
Mrs Christine Cluley
Mr Peter Coulls
Miss Marianne Horne
Mr David Howe
Miss Monica Ory
Mr Richard Ratcliffe
Mrs Sue Tall