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Visit Northamptonshire Archives

We recommend that you make an appointment to visit the Archives and Heritage Service.

Numbers allowed in the public rooms at any one time are being limited because of the poor air circulation in the building. All researchers are kindly asked to wear masks while moving about the building; these can be removed when sitting down and undertaking detailed research on the archives.

Where possible documents to be consulted should be ordered in advance. A limited on-the-day document retrieval service is also being offered.

How to book

If you would like to visit to undertake some research, you can make a booking by emailing archivist@westnorthants.gov.uk. We cannot take bookings by phone.

We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. You can book sessions for a morning or afternoon or both, depending on availability.

We are also open the first Saturday of each month.

What you need to know before you visit

If you know which items you wish to consult, you should order these documents by the Thursday of the week before your booking. You will be limited to a maximum of 8 documents at any one time. This is for the safety of the documents and in order to manage the workload for staff.

On the day, we are offering three document retrieval services during the day at 10.30am, 11.30am and 2.15pm, with a limit of two requests per person per time.

If you wish to take photographs for private study purposes, a photo permit can be bought (at £7 for a part day or £12 for a full day).

The service can also offer high quality digital copies of most of the archives that are held. There will always be some exceptions depending on the condition and size of the record.

Please email any enquiries to archivist@westnorthants.gov.uk.

How to find us

Archives Service
Wootton Hall Park
Mereway
Northampton
NN4 8BQ​

Accessibility

  • Two parking spaces dedicated to blue badge holders
  • All public areas are wheelchair accessible
  • An accessible toilet
  • A hearing loop system
  • Printer readers that can enlarge text and images for the visually impaired
  • Height adjustable chairs with and without arms available

Parking

Free parking on site. However, there is no guarantee that spaces will be available during busy periods.

Refreshments

We advise everyone visiting the Record Office to bring their own food and drinks. These can only be consumed in our designated area. 

We have charity boxes that sell sweets and flapjacks for £1 each. Within a ten minute drive of the Archives there are various places where food and drinks can be bought.

Harlestone photo album