Planning A Visit

Researcher inspecting a volume

Opening Hours

Our opening hours are listed here.


Although the office does not have a formal appointment system you are advised to notify us in advance of your visit so that we are aware of your needs.

If you anticipate using a microform viewer during your visit (primarily to view parish registers, Bishop's transcripts and newspapers), booking a unit is advisable in order to ensure a machine is available.

Please note that planning enquiries can be complex, so we kindly request researchers phone or email in advance of a visit to the History Centre.

When preparing to visit us, please note that only pencils may be used thoughout the public areas, not just with original documents. If you forget your pencil, we have some available to buy. Please note that you will be asked not to bring bags and coats into the searchrooms, leaving them in the lockers provided, and on you first visit our reception team will advise you on the safe handling of original documents to help us preserve our written heritage for present and future generations.


When you first visit, you will be asked to register when you first arrive. Please bring with you a form of identity giving name and address and we will add you to our user database and issue you with a user ticket. The kinds of identity which we will accept are:

  • County Archive Research Network card;
  • allowance book;
  • recent bank statement;
  • driving licence;
  • recent official bill or invoice;
  • passport (for overseas visitors);
  • Wiltshire Library card.

Temporary tickets can be issued for one-off visits. 

Photocopying and other Charges

There are no charges for visiting Wiltshire and Swindon Archives.

Most records can be copied by one means or another. We will advise on what may be copied, the most suitable method and the cost.

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.


There are in excess of fifty free car parking spaces in the grounds of the History Centre.

Details of how to find us along with directional maps are available here.

Road closures

Please check Wiltshire Council’s information on road closures and disruptions before you set out, to avoid delays to your journey.


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