Record Office welcomes back researchers

This story was published 19 April 2021

North Yorkshire County Record Office is preparing to welcome back researchers into its archive after a prolonged closure because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Record office search room.

Visitors will be able to return to the search room in Malpas Road, Northallerton, from Tuesday, 27 April, with renewed access to more than five miles of fascinating historic records stretching from the 12th century to the present day.

While the office has been closed, staff have been busy behind the scenes. More than 200 boxes of records, ranging from medieval deeds to modern parish council minutes, have been appraised and catalogued and more than 25,000 entries added to the online catalogue (archivesunlocked.northyorks.gov.uk). 

Staff have also been working digitally with groups from around the county to open up access to the archives’ stories, and have supplied thousands of digital copies of documents to enable researchers to continue working from home.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Customer Engagement, said: “I am delighted that we are able to welcome visitors back to the Record Office and to enable them once again to experience the excitement of using original documents to explore the past.”

The Record Office will be open for booked appointments only and documents must be pre-ordered. 

Full details of the revised service and opening hours.

Email archives@northyorks.gov.uk or telephone 01609 777585 to reserve a place.