Archives

(updated 10 September 2021)

We are pleased to welcome you back to Lancashire Archives. All visits are by advance appointment onlyPlease give us 48 hours notice if possible.

Find out more about Lancashire Archives.

Most legal restrictions to control Covid-19 have now been lifted. However, Covid-19 has not gone away, so it is important to be aware of the steps you can take to keep you and others safe. In order to mitigate the risk of both contracting and spreading Covid-19 in Lancashire we will continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

Full details on how to stay safe is available on Gov.UK

How to get tested in Lancashire.

If you have any of the coronavirus symptoms you must self-isolate straightway and get a PCR test. You must continue to isolate if you test positive or are told to isolate by NHS Test and Trace. 

Your experience will be slightly different if you have visited us previously, in order to ensure the safety of all our visitors and staff. 

Our staff:

  • may choose to wear a face covering
  • will respect other people's personal space and keep a safe distance
  • will use hand sanitiser and wipe down high touch areas
  • will keep spaces well ventilated

We encourage customers and visitors to:

  • continue to wear a face covering if you are able to do so
  • use hand sanitiser
  • respect other people's personal space and keep to a safe distance
  • avoid visiting while self-isolating or whilst showing any Covid-19 symptoms

Arrangements for visiting Lancashire Archives

  • Our opening hours for pre-booked visitors only are: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-4.30pm.
  • In addition we will open for pre-booked visitors 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30 -3.30pm on the second Saturday of the month (11 September; 9 October; 13 November; 11 December).
  • The building will close between 12.30pm and 1.30pm each day so that the public areas can be cleaned. There will be no public access to the building during this time.
  • We will not open until 7pm on Tuesday, however we will review this on a regular basis. 
  • All visits are by advance appointment only. See full details in the Further information section.
  • All material must be ordered in advance, including microfilm and microfiche
  • You will need an Archives Card and must follow the 'pencils only' rule.
  • All payments are cashless and we are sorry that we will be unable to provide change for pay and display parking.
  • Enquiries will be answered from behind a screen. We will be unable to assist with computers and microform readers.
  • The tea room is not available but you can use a water dispenser located in the searchroom.


Further information

We will be open to the public for two sessions each day, morning and afternoon.  You may book up to 4 sessions in one week plus a Saturday, subject to availability. In each half day session there will be 8 spaces for researching original archives; 2 microfilm/microfiche reader spaces; 2 public computer spaces; 1 computer for accessing audio recordings and digital archives.

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have to cancel your booking by email or phoning 01772 533039.

Before your visit you can register online for a new Archives Card. The old CARN tickets are no longer valid. Please upload a photograph during the online registration process and bring appropriate identification for us to check when you visit so that we can issue your new card.

Please do not visit until we have confirmed your booking. If no spaces are available that day we need may need ask you for an alternative date or time. 

We will send you a booking confirmation which will include:

  • the date and time of your visit
  • how to enter the building
  • your allocated table and locker number
  • confirmation of the archives, books, microform, audio recordings or other requested material which will be available for you
  • how to cancel your booking

Please let us know as soon as possible if you have to cancel your booking by email or phoning 01772 533039.

Our building has been designated as Covid-19 secure and we are following Lancashire County Council guidance on safety, ventilation and cleanliness. We will continue to maintain limits on the number of people allowed into the building. These numbers are being reviewed. Hand sanitiser is available and we ask that you use hand sanitiser or wash your hands before handling archive materials.

If you are not sure what material you need to look at, or if you require advice and guidance on how to proceed with your research, please contact Lancashire Archives before making a booking, and we will help you to identify material that will help you with that.

If you already know what material you would like to look at, and you have the full reference numbers from our catalogue, you can complete a booking form giving your preferred dates and sessions and listing all the document reference numbers, titles of books, or details of other material that you would like to see.

Please do not visit until we have confirmed your booking. If no spaces are available that day we need may need ask you for an alternative date or time. We are not always able to process bookings made after 3.30pm the previous day.

Search our LANCAT catalogue or the Lancashire Library catalogue to find the references of the items you would like to see. We are happy to advise you about sources for your research. Please email archives@lancashire.gov.uk and we will email or phone you back. 

Please bring your own pencils and paper to write with as we are unable to supply these. Please note that pens are not allowed in the searchroom. You may bring your own laptop or tablet to use; power sockets and Wi-Fi are available free of charge. You may also bring your own camera or phone to photograph documents, but please note that a fee will be payable for this facility.