Page last updated 21 September 2015
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Opening times for the Northamptonshire Record Office

Our opening times

You do not need to make an appointment to visit us.

Record Office temporary closure

The Northamptonshire Record Office will be closed from Monday 23 November - Friday 27 November 2015.

While closed, the Archive Team will focus on ‘behind-the-scenes’ tasks, which we are unable to undertake while open to customers.

So that staff can focus on their tasks, we will not be answering telephone or email enquiries during those days, though emails will be monitored for urgent enquiries which will be responded to as appropriate. Closing for a week will enable us to deliver an even better customer service for you, when we reopen. Thank you for your understanding.

Our usual opening times

Day Opening times
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm

10:00am - 4:00pm


First of each month only: 9:00am - 4:00pm 

* we are open on the first Saturday of every month, between 9am and 4pm, apart from Saturday 2 January 2016 and the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter.

Requesting original documents

It's great looking at original documents, and the Northamptonshire Record Office has many fascinating collections. You can submit up to four document request slips for each collection time below. However, we sometimes need to reduce the number of requests each person can submit at each collection during very busy days. We aim to have retrieved the documents for you from our repositories within 30 minutes, but we will let you know if there will be a delay.

 date  Document collection times Last collection time Please return your documents at the end of the day by

9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:15. 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30

4:00pm 4:45pm

9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:15. 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30

4:00pm 4:45pm

9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:15. 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30

4:00pm 4:45pm

10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:15. 2:00, 2:30

3:00pm 3:45pm
Saturday (first of the month only)

9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:15. 2:00, 2:30

3:00pm 3:45pm

You are welcome to order up to eight original documents in advance of your visit by completing the enquiry form on our contact us page. Please let us have this request at least one working day before you visit, so that we can have the documents ready for you when you arrive. Documents requested with less than one working day's notice may not be ready for you when you arrive, though we will do our best to do so.

Sometimes we will not be able to produce a document because it is too fragile or damaged. When this is the case, we will let you know if we can make it available by other means, such as a digital image. When we can make a digital image of the documents, we would not be able to do this on the same day. Other records may be subject to a legal closure period because of the sensitive nature of their content.

We may, on occasion, give access to uncatalogued material, but customers using such records may be asked to do so under special conditions. The provision of uncatalogued or unnumbered material will be at the discretion of the staff member on duty.

When you have finished looking at original documents

Documents should be returned to the trolley by the staff desk in the Searchroom when you have finished with them. Any documents that are required again the following day may be placed on reserve for you. Please ask a member of staff to do this when you return them.

When you are ready to leave, please reclaim your CARN ticket or day ticket from a member of staff in the Searchroom. The staff at the Reception desk will ask to see your ticket when you leave.

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