Stoke on Trent City Archives
Stoke-on-Trent City Archives
City Central Library
Stoke on Trent
We prefer that you contact us by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Reading Room is temporarily closed due to move preparation work and moving (as shown below). However, we will listen to any messages left every other day, Monday to Friday and will respond as requested. We can also be contacted by letter.
Phone: 01782 238420
Our online catalogue: Gateway to the Past
From the week beginning 9 January 2023 the period of temporary closure begins. Please see below and at http://www.stokearchivesismoving.uk/
Public access during period of 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.
Access and facilities
There is no public car park at the city central library. View more about car parking on the city council website.
Disabled badge holders may park for 3 hours without charge in on-street car parking bays and all day in off-street car parks.
Stoke on Trent rail station is about 1.5 miles from the city central library. All buses from the stop directly outside the rail station serve Hanley city centre.