Lichfield Record Office

Lichfield Record Office
The Friary
WS13 6QG

By telephone: (+44) 01543-510720

By email: 

Our online catalogue: Gateway to the Past

Opening Hours

Closure of Lichfield Record Office
Lichfield Record Office will close to the public on 1 January 2018. In January and February the archive collections will be prepared for transfer to Stafford, and the move will take place in March. Work will continue in Stafford in April to locate the collections and to update our online catalogue. Some collections will be held at the Service’s outstore in Stafford. Where this is the case the catalogue will show that 48 hours’ notice is required. This is also currently the case for some collections held by Staffordshire Record Office. Staff will also receive training about the collections, so that they can provide appropriate advice to enquirers. The collections will be fully available for consultation in May 2018.  For further detail contact:

Opening Hours until 31 December 2017
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday : 9.30 am - 5.00 pm
Thursday : 10.30 am - 6.00 pm
Friday : Closed
Saturday (2nd Saturday each month) : 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Please note that our Saturday opening now requires bookings to be made by midday on the previous Thursday.  All original documents will need to be ordered in advance by Thursday midday, and no extra production will be possible on the day.

Bank Holiday Closures

Please note that, to avoid a wasted journey, it is essential that you make an appointment to visit the office, ensure that we hold the records that you are interested in, and bring acceptable proof of identity and address for reader registration. Further details are given in Planning a Visit.

Our reading room is open to all members of the public without charge. An Archive Service reader's ticket is required for use of the reading room. The link below provides information on how to obtain one.

Please follow this link for information on Reader Registration

Access & Facilities

Parking Arrangements
There is a short-stay car park located at the rear of the building. The nearest long-stay car park is off The Friary furthest from the Record Office. There is some restricted parking for registered disabled readers at the front of the building.  For full details please see the Car Parking page on Lichfield District Council's website. 

Public Transport
Lichfield City rail station is approximately ten minutes walk from the Record Office, and Lichfield Trent Valley rail station approximately twenty-five minutes walk.

Additional Information