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Visit Northamptonshire Archives

The Archives and Heritage Service is open to the public by appointment only.

Numbers allowed in the public rooms at any one time are being limited and, in accordance with good practice, all researchers are asked to wear masks during their visit. All documents to be consulted need to be ordered in advance.

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 will be open the first Saturday of each month from Saturday 4 September.

What you need to know before you visit

You must order any documents for consultation by the Thursday of the week before you want to visit. 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.

The service is very short-staffed at present and responses to enquiries may take at least 10 working days. Unfortunately our digital copying service has had to be suspended until the end of August for reasons beyond our control. Your patience during this difficult period is appreciated.

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.

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