Research Room and Society Records

On entering the Local & Family History History Centre you will be asked to sign the visitors’ book and will be directed to the Research Room adjacent to the Archive Store on the first floor. There is a lift available if required. A member of staff in the Research Room will be available to discuss how we can best help you.
Microfilms and fiches of censuses, parish registers, newspapers and other material are available for use upon application to the staff. Booking is advised for film/fiche readers.  When documents have been located on the computer catalogue, staff will retrieve them from our purpose built archive.
Staff will be able to give guidance on the suitability of items for copying which may be restricted due to age, condition or format. Some charges apply – see below. You will be asked to complete a copyright declaration form. The use of personal digital and other cameras to photograph images is allowed for which a charge will be made.  Internet access together with much of our census, parish register and newspaper material which is on either microfilm or microfiche will need the use of a computer or reader to be able to make use of it. In order to avoid disappointment it is recommended equipment is booked in advance of your visit. This can be done by post, telephone or e-mail.  If you are unable to visit in person we offer a research service.

For all enquiries please phone 01885 488755 and leave a message.


Click here to see the parish map of the area from which we collect records

Thursday & Friday 10am – 1pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Saturday 10am – 12.30pm
also at other times by appointment
email us at:
or  by telephone 01885 – 488755 during centre opening hours

Research Room Charges as at January 2017

Photocopying from archive material 50p per sheet
Basic photocopying from books etc 10p per sheet
Print out from microfiche, microfilm or internet census pages 50p per sheet
Copying a photo from the archive onto quality paper £2.50
Copying a photo from the archive onto plain paper £1
Use of local papers on microfilm – per session £1
Research by research room volunteers – click here £10 per hour
Use of own camera to copy archives (no limit on numbers) £3 per session
Use of own camera to copy photographs 50p each up to 5 photos
6 or more £3
Use of internet subscription sites £1 per hour or part
Laminating of A4 pages £1.50 per page
Laminating of A5 pages £1 per page


We are a voluntary organisation and receive no regular income from the local authorities. Our running costs for the Local & Family History Centre are high and the few charges made only cover a small percentage of our expenses. Please help keep us going – your donation would be very much appreciated.