Reader's ticket


Admission is free, and anyone is welcome to use Lancashire Archives. We do not operate a booking system but a reader's ticket is required for access to original documents.

Reader's ticket

Lancashire Archives service is part of the County Archive Research Network (CARN) and we require you to produce a valid reader's ticket when you enter and leave. This is a security measure to help protect irreplaceable documents.

We are currently unable to issue new reader's tickets at this archive, but we will be happy to allow access to our collections to anyone who is able to provide sufficient proof of identification.

You will need to produce official evidence of your address and signature, for example:

  • driving licence
  • credit/debit card accompanied by a bank statement
  • utility bill
  • other official communication with your address printed

A CARN ticket is valid for four years in about forty archive services around the country.

The CARN ticket scheme is owned and administered by the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland). The CARN ticket will be replaced by the new ARA Archives Card scheme in 2019. 

Searchroom rules

Lancashire’s archives are irreplaceable. To help preserve them we ask you to observe the searchroom rules.