Your visit must be booked at least one week in advance (although we are unable to take bookings more than two weeks ahead of your visit). The Local Studies Library can be browsed by customers who have booked their visit.
All documents, computers and microform must be pre-ordered and we have increased the number of documents you can order from six to a maximum of 12. The limit on documents follows National Archives guidelines requiring us to quarantine documents for 72 hours following production.
Our help desk staff will show you how to safely handle original documents but they will be observing physical distancing guidelines. Please bring your own supply of pencils and paper. No pens are allowed in the searchrooms. Please note that bags and coats cannot be brought into the searchrooms, but lockers are available, and staff will be on hand to show you where personal items can be securely stored.
Opening Hours – Until further notice the History Centre is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 9:30am to 5pm. We will be closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Photocopying and other Charges
There are no charges for visiting Wiltshire and Swindon Archives but charges do apply if you want to copy any documents. We will advise on what may be copied and the most suitable method. You are welcome to take photographs with your own camera, provided you ask permission first and pay a standard fee. If you wish to publish documents or make lengthy quotations you should first consult a member of staff.
Free parking is available at the History Centre and details of how to find us along with directional maps are available here.
We look forward to welcoming you