Lancashire Archives will be opening to visitors soon

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lancashire Archives will reopen to the public next week, giving people direct access to a range of valuable services and information once again.

Visitors are being welcomed back from Tuesday, 6 October, as part of a phased reopening of Lancashire County Council's archives, museums and libraries. People will need to book an appointment before visiting.

The archives building has been closed to visitors since March when the coronavirus restrictions were introduced, although a limited service had been able to continue.

The building will be open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4pm, for pre-booked appointments only. The archives will close from 12.30pm to 1.30pm so that the public areas can be cleaned between sessions. There will be no public access to the building during this time.

Visitors will be asked to complete an online booking form, giving their preferred dates and sessions and listing all the document reference numbers, titles of books, or details of other material that they would like to use. An Archives Card will also need to be applied for in advance of a visit. More information is available at

For those who can't book online, appointments can be made by emailing the archives directly at

County Councillor Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: "I'm delighted that we are now able to announce the reopening of our wonderful archives to the public.

"We are really looking forward to welcoming people back into the archives again, but we need to take a careful approach to this.

"People will need to book an appointment to visit, respect social distancing rules, and to order materials that they will need in advance.

"I'm grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding, and I'd ask everyone to keep an eye on our website and social media channels where we will announce further details of other libraries and museums reopening, when it is safe to do so."

When visiting the archives, all visitors will be required to wear a face covering unless they are exempt. People are asked not to visit if they are self-isolating, or showing any signs of Covid-19.

Visitors will be required to follow social distancing guidelines, and to keep a 2 metre distance from other visitors at all times.

All books, maps and documents, microfilm and microfiche that visitors want to look at must be ordered in advance.

Everyone will also be asked to provide their name and contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace system. This can be by scanning a poster in the archives building using the new NHS COVID-19 app.

More information about visiting the archives during the current restrictions is available at

The copying and enquiry service is still available and catalogues can be searched online at

For more information visit, telephone 01772 533039 or email


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