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About us

800 years of Northamptonshire’s history, people and places, all under one roof.

We are home to a breath-taking collection of written documents, drawings, maps and photographs and our mission is to preserve and make them available to the public. You are advised to make an appointment before any visit so we can best assist you in pursuing your research effectively and decide which documents you want to see up close.

Visit us

People come to us for a variety of reasons:

  • family history
  • local history research
  • academic studies
  • to follow up an interest in an historic topic

Some of our records are very old, with calligraphy and illumination that will amaze you. Some records are quite modern, including official records and local photographs.


It is free to visit and to see documents. Some additional services, such as digital images carry a small fee. We also offer a research service for those unable to visit in person. View our fees and charges page to see prices. 

There are a small number of rules you'll need to follow when you visit us. They are to protect the documents and we will explain them to you when you arrive. The key ones are not to bring food or drink into the public rooms and to write any notes in pencil.

Our staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will be on hand to guide you through the process of finding which documents you would like to see. 

We are working hard to get the descriptions of the various archives held onto the online catalogue, which you can browse at any time. Please note that this is not a comprehensive listing of all our holdings and does not provide links through to digital images of documents.