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Visit Northamptonshire Archives

We are very pleased to announce that we will welcome visitors back to the Record Office, home of the Archives and Heritage Service, from Tuesday 21 July 2020.

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 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.

Book a place

To book a place and pre-order your documents please email: archivist@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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 9am 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.

We hope to resume Research and Copying services in August 2020 but do not have a firm date to do so yet.

How to find us

Record Office
Wootton Hall Park
Mereway
Northampton
NN4 8BQ​

Opening times

All visits are by appointment only.

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

Accessibility

  • 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

Parking

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

Refreshments

​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