Search our Catalogue

LANCAT is Lancashire Archives online catalogue, containing descriptions of over 1.5 million documents from within our collections. They date from the 12th century to the present day and include archives of local government and churches, family papers, school records, maps and plans, and the records of businesses and societies. (external link).

How to search LANCAT

See our guide on how to get the best results from our catalogue on Lancashire Libraries Academy (external link).

Church registers guide

This is a detailed guide to our holdings of Anglican, Roman Catholic and Non-Conformist church registers and all copies and transcripts of these.

Red Rose collections

Historic photos of Lancashire plus searchable indexes to Lancashire history resources at the Archives and in Lancashire libraries, including Preston Guild Rolls 1397 to 1992, Lancashire Constabulary 1840 to 1925 and Whittingham Asylum 1873 to 1914.

Police records search

This database lists Lancashire police officers, including those who served with the Lancashire County Constabulary between 1840 and 1925. This is now part of Red Rose Collections.

Research guides

These guides to particular types of records, organisations or subjects may help you further with your research.

Deposit records

We are happy to accept deposits of unique, historic records that reflect Lancashire and Lancashire life - past and present

Local Studies Collection at Lancashire Archives

A local studies collection is available at Lancashire Archives.