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Visit Northamptonshire Archives

Visiting the Record Office

To help us manage visitor numbers, you will need to book your visit in advance.

To ensure we can maintain social distancing, we will not permit anyone to enter the building who has not pre-booked, so please do not travel unless you have received email confirmation. 

We have changed many of our procedures in light of Covid-19 to keep visitors and staff safe. We will send you further details of these after you have booked a place.

We require everyone who visits to pre-order up to ten documents at least five working days in advance of their visit. There will not be document production on the day, so only those ten documents will be available for your research.



Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Archives and Heritage Service is currently unable to process any digital orders until 11 November 2020.
We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We will keep our customers informed of any changes via our website and social media pages.

Book a place

To book a place and pre-order your documents please email:

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please provide alternative dates in case your chosen dates are not available.

For the duration of the pandemic, on Monday mornings we are offering a special opening time for those who consider themselves vulnerable due to Covid 19. This will be between 10am and 1pm. During this time, we will initially have no more than four customers working in the public rooms, plus one member of staff. The four places need to be pre-booked at least 5 working days in advance.

How to find us

Record Office
Wootton Hall Park
NN4 8BQ​

Opening times

All visits are by appointment only.

​Monday10am – 1pm for vulnerable customers
​Tuesday to Thursday9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm
​First Saturday of the month9am to 1pm


  • 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.


​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