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Visit Northamptonshire Archives

Temporary closure

The Northamptonshire Archives and Heritage Service, based at the Record Office, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton, will close to public on-site access at 5pm on Wednesday 18 March 2020, until further notice due to the Coronavirus.

The service will continue to respond to customer enquiries. The best way to contact the Record Office is by  online form or post , as this enables staff to give a fuller reply, but telephone enquiries can also be made Tuesday to Thursday between 9am and 1pm.

  • Online form
  • Post: Record Office, Wootton Hall Park, Northampton. NN4 8BQ
  • Telephone: 01604 362 513 (Tuesday to Thursday between 9am and 1pm)

How to find us

Record Office
Wootton Hall Park
NN4 8BQ​

Opening times

​Tuesday to Thursday


​First Saturday of the month



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


We have free parking on site, however, we cannot guarantee spaces will be available during busy periods.

What do I do when I arrive?

We recommend you bring a notebook and pencil, and keep records of the document references of things that you discover on your visit.

If you get stuck and need expert help, book an appointment with our research assistant, who can save you many hours of frustration.

There are a few simple rules before you begin your research:

  • Leave all bags and coats in the lockers provided before you enter the search room.
  • Make sure your laptop is charged before you come – you can plug it in here, but you'll need to hire a circuit breaker.
  • Switch your mobile phone to silent while in the search room.
  • Buy a photography licence before starting to take pictures of documents.
  • To view documents at the Northamptonshire Record Office you will need a CARN card, or one of our own Heritage Cards*.

* A CARN card is like a library card for archives.

Heritage Cards

We no longer issue County Archive Research Network (CARN) cards, but we will accept existing CARN cards that are still in date. Instead, we have our own free to join scheme (Heritage Card) which requires the same ID as the CARN cards.

To obtain a heritage card, please ensure that you bring some form of ID (this must contain your address and signature). A UK driving licence is ideal, as it will contain both your permanent address and signature. Alternatively, a combination of documents showing your address and signature will be needed.

Document production times

Please be aware that we occasionally need to reduce the number of document production times, without notice, due to staffing levels.

We normally retrieve documents seven times a day Tuesday to Thursday, at the following times:

  • 9:30am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:30am
  • 12:15pm
  • 2:15pm
  • 3:15pm
  • 4pm
We aim to produce the documents within 30 minutes of each of these times. Our normal limit is two documents per person, per collection.

When we are open on the first Saturday of the month between 9am and 1pm, we normally retrieve documents four times at:

  • 9:30am
  • 10:30am
  • 11:30am
  • midday

We aim to produce the documents within 30 minutes of each of these times. Our normal limit is two documents per person, per collection.

You can, in addition to requesting documents at these times, pre-order up to 8 documents, giving us at least 5 working days' notice.


​Due to spending restrictions, we are no longer able to provide a water dispenser or order hot drinks supplies.

We advise everyone visiting the Record Office to bring their own drinks.

However, within a ten minute drive of the Record Office there are various places where food and drinks can be bought.

We have charity boxes that sell sweets and flapjacks for £1 each. Please note that all food and drinks must be consumed in the designated sitting area only.

Research area of the record office