Archives and local history

The Archives & Local Studies service collects, preserves and makes available documents and publications. These cover all aspects of life in the borough from the earliest times to the present day.

We are pleased to announce the Archives and Local Studies Search Room will reopen from Wednesday 3 November.

Appointments will need to be made in advance of visiting to enable us to ensure researchers can continue to social distance whilst consulting resources in the Search Room.

Our opening times are as follows:

Monday and Tuesday - Closed
Wednesday and Thursday - 10am to 4pm
Friday - Closed
Every other Saturday (First Saturday is 13 November) - 10 to 1pm and 2pm to 3.30pm
Sunday - Closed
Bank holidays - Closed

Please note the above opening hours will be reviewed over the coming months in consultation with The National Archives.

You can book either the morning (10am-1pm), afternoon (1pm-4pm) or all day (Wednesday to Thursdays 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-3.30pm).

If you wish to make an appointment, please let us know the day and time you would like to visit and the specific material you would like to view by completing the Make an enquiry form.

Make an enquiry