Visiting the Record Office

County Record Office exteriorAdmission is FREE and there’s no need to book. Here you will find all the information you need to plan your visit to the Record Office. We’ve produced this handy  PDF checklist to help you plan your visit.

How to find us

Access and admission

  • There is no admission charge and you do not need to book an appointment.
  • Accessibility: Our searchroom is in a building with a range of accessibility features.
  • Our searchroom is remains open throughout our opening hours.
  • We are not able to produce documents from the strongrooms between 12-2.15pm

Winter closure 2018

In addition to our normal opening hours, the record office will be closed as follows to allow staff to work on cataloguing and other collection related work:

  • Wednesday 10th – Friday 12th January: CLOSED
  • Saturday 13th January: OPEN
  • Wednesday 17th – Friday 19th January: CLOSED
  • Saturday 20th January: OPEN

CARN reader’s ticket

We are members of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) ticket scheme. These tickets are accepted at many different record offices.

If you don’t have a CARN ticket we can issue one to you. Please bring identification showing your name, address and signature.

  • A driving licence would be ideal,
  • A combination of documents covering these requirements is acceptable.

Research advice

Searchroom staff including professionally-qualified archivists are available during our opening hours to help you with your research.

If you would like an introduction to using the record office, please book a tour with a record office volunteer.

Services and facilities


For details of the services we offer, including ordering documents in advance and use of cameras and laptops in the searchroom, please see our searchroom services.


We have a shop stocking books, conservation supplies and gifts. Our quality second hand bookshop, Priory Books, stocks fiction and non-fiction books.

Reader’s Tea Room

We have a tea room for readers where you can buy a variety of snacks and hot and cold drinks. We also have three public PCs in the tea room which can be used without a CARN ticket. These have access to subscription sites such as Ancestry and Midland’s Historical Data.

Toilets are available on the premises.