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Enquiry service

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Our team can help with a wide range of enquiries from the general to the specialist.

We are able to offer guidance on how to go about your research, and what types of sources you may find useful.

As part of our standard enquiry service we will offer advice, list relevant sources, and carry out checks of indexes or other finding aids where these exist. If you would like someone to look at documents on your behalf, you can make use of our research service.

Our staff can help with enquires about:

  • family history
  • adoption
  • house history
  • local history
  • rights of way and boundary disputes - please note: we cannot offer any legal or technical advice
  • planning applications and building control regulations
  • vehicle licensing

Certified copies of records

Where you may need a certified copy of a record held here for official purposes (for example your baptism certificate, or a copy of an entry from vehicle registration records), we can provide such a certified copy - for the cost of this service please see our fees and charges.

Certification is arranged by the duty archivist and copies are signed by a senior member of staff.


Please get in touch with your enquiry. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

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