Planning a visit to the Local History Centre
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Planning a visit to the Local History Centre


Opening hours

Tuesday 10am – 4pm
Wednesday 10am – 7pm
Thursday 10am – 1pm
Saturday 10am – 1pm
Sunday, Monday, Friday and Bank Holidays Closed

Reader ticket requirements

We operate the County Archives Research Network (CARN) ticket system. If you do not already have a CARN ticket you will need to register on your first visit. Registration is free. To register you must provide official proof of name, address and signature. More details can be found at CARN Tickets

Booking in advance

The research room is open to all members of the public free of charge. An appointment is necessary if you intend to use the:

  • Computers (1 hour session)
  • Microfilm reader (2 hour session)
  • Microfiche reader (2 hour session)

People travelling more than 25 miles can book multiple sessions. Please contact us to book in advance.

If you intend to consult the local Census, Church of England parish registers, General Register Office (St. Catherine's House Indexes), the International Genealogical Index or the 1881 Census Index, and local newspapers you will generally use a microfiche or microfilm reader during your visit.

In order to use the computers you must have a CARN ticket.

This page was last updated on 03 November 2016