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Planning a visit

Our opening hours from 5 December 2022 until temporary closure are:

  • Stoke on Trent City Archives opening hours
    • Friday 9 December 9:30am to 4:00pm
    • Friday 16 December 9:30am to 4:00pm
    • Friday 23 December 9:30am to 4:00pm
    • Friday 30 December CLOSED
    • Friday 6 January 9:30am to 4:00pm
  • From the week beginning 9 January the period of temporary closure begins. Please see below. 

Staffordshire Record Office

Public Access During Temporary Closure: Summer 2022 Update

Our onsite services have recently been paused to allow us to temporarily relocate as part first stage of the Staffordshire History Centre project. This exciting heritage project will create modern facilities, bring together three incredible collections and create exciting and imaginative ways to connect Staffordshire people and their stories. You can find updates about the project here: Staffordshire History Centre - Staffordshire County Council.

We are pleased to announce that our onsite access will resume from 22 July. This will be a limited service for statutory legal or other time sensitive requirements, where no digital or remote service is suitable. 

Each request will be carefully considered by staff against set criteria. If your request meets the criteria for public access our team will arrange an appointment for you.

The onsite access will be on a Friday afternoon and located in Stafford town centre, a short distance from Staffordshire Record Office.

Our staff will continue to run an enquiry service and are able to signpost to the most suitable resources. 

Please be aware that all services will be dependent on changing levels of access to the collections during the building project and two weeks’ notice will be needed for production of documents from other sites. William Salt Library collections are currently in temporary storage and access is very limited with some areas of the collection not available until further notice, requests will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

We will review access on a regular basis and welcome feedback from service users, the next review to our onsite access will take place in Autumn 2022.

For further updates please continue to check this page. You can stay in touch by subscribing to our Service newsletter and visiting our social media channels.

You can also get in touch via email: Staffordshire Record Office Please submit all enquiries and requests for access to this address.

For further updates please continue to check this page. You can stay in touch by subscribing to our Service newsletter and visiting our social media channels.

Stoke on Trent City Archives

Public access during period of reduced access, followed by temporary closure

Stoke-on-Trent City Archives is moving to a new home at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery just next door. This will bring together the City’s Archive and Museum collections under one roof for the first time. The move, also for the first time, brings together all of our collections (archives, local studies and potteries library) in one purpose-built strongroom.

In preparation for the move, all of our collections need to be carefully packaged by the Archives staff and volunteers. This is a huge task and with regret we will have to reduce our on-site services temporarily. From the week beginning 5 December, we will be open to the public on Fridays only, from 9.30 until 4pm. This will reduce further from the week beginning 9 January, from which time we will only be open for urgent legal enquiries that cannot be resolved with photocopying.

We are very conscious that due to the pandemic and then reduced staffing levels, you have already had a period of reduced access. We very much regret limiting services again but we hope you will bear with us during this challenging but exciting time for the City Archives.

You can follow all the stages of the move on our Stoke on Trent City Archives is moving website at: www.stokearchivesismoving.uk.

The new reading room in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery is due to open later in 2023. At that point, we very much look forward to welcoming you to our new home. Throughout this period, apart from a short period around the dates of the moves, we will continue our remote services, answering enquiries and providing copying services. During this period you will still be able to use FindMyPast and Ancestry.com in Stoke-on-Trent City Libraries. Keele University Special Collections and Archives has a very good local studies collection and access to some newspapers. Staffordshire Libraries (including Newcastle under Lyme) offer free access to British Newspaper Archive online.

From the week beginning 5 December 2022 we will be open to the public on Fridays only, from 9.30 until 4pm.

From the week beginning 9 January we will only be open for urgent legal enquiries that cannot be resolved with photocopying.

William Salt Library

The William Salt Library is closed to the public. Documents, books and other material held by the Library can be consulted at Staffordshire Record Office. Please follow the Staffordshire Record Office links above for further information.

Lichfield History Access Point

The Lichfield History Access Point in Lichfield Library is open by appointment only.

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