Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Hampshire Record Office from the rear
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Discover a fascinating and wide range of resources revealing the story of Hampshire and its people, past and present. Examine and study archives, watch historic film recordings, browse our extensive library... everything you need to explore Hampshire's history.

The Archives and Local Studies service at Hampshire Record Office collects archives relating to Hampshire and Hampshire families, and film and sound archives relating to central southern England. We also house Hampshire's local studies library.

The entire collection of this Record Office is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Monday-Wednesday 9am-5pm
Thursday 9am-8pm
Friday 9am-5pm
Saturday 9am-4pm

Closed on public holidays, Easter weekend and Christmas Eve

Admission charges

No charges for admission or consultation of documents

Additional info


The entire collection of Hampshire Archives and Local Studies is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Hampshire Record Office holds parish registers, wills and inventories, school log books, and tithe and enclosure maps, as well as archives of many significant institutions and organisations which have proved key to an understanding of national trends and events. Among these are the records of the medieval bishops of Winchester, which include an unusually complete series of bishop’s registers, and also the internationally renowned Winchester pipe rolls – manorial accounts for the bishop’s vast estates which date back to 1208/9. There is also the extensive archive of the city of Winchester, dating back to the twelfth century and one of the most complete for any medieval borough in the country.

The collections also include extensive archives of the county’s great families and individuals who played a role in the nation’s political and cultural life. The literary and political papers of leading patron of the arts James Harris (1709-80) shed light on figures such as writer Henry Fielding and composer George Frederick Handel, with contemporary manuscript copies of his music.

The Austen-Leigh family archive consist of a series of letters, diaries and poetry providing background to Jane Austen’s family connections. Hampshire Record Office also houses a regional audio-visual archive – Wessex Film and Sound Archive – which has film footage and recordings from the earliest days of cinematography and sound recording.

Collection details


Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Last Thursday Lectures

  • 30 June 2016 1:15-1:45pm *on now

A lunchtime lecture series on the last Thursday of the month in the cinema at Hampshire Record Office:

28 Jan: Hampshire travels the World: an examination of the evidence for Hampshire’s role in international trade & exploration and the impact it had on the County, using the Arts collections of Hampshire Cultural Trust by Gill Arnott

25 Feb: Charles Miller: the man who took football from Banister Court to Brazil by Mark Pitchforth

31 Mar: Governor Arthur Phillip and Lyndhurst: the first Governor of New South Wales who lived in Lyndhurst before going on to command the First Fleet to Australia by Angela Trend

28 Apr: The end of clerical anticipation? Tithe commutation and the tithe maps of Hampshire by Geraldine Beech

26 May: The Queen and Hampshire: marking the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II by David Rymill

30 Jun: Capability Brown: marking the 300th birthday of the landscape architect and gardenerby Sally Miller, Hampshire Gardens Trust

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Hampshire Record Office cinema


Free but donations welcome



HRO 17A08/E1

Battle of the Somme film

  • 1 July 2016 6-7:30pm

2016 mark’s the centenary of one of the most notorious battles of the First World War, the Battle of the Somme. As a Centenary Partner of the Imperial War Museum we have been provided with a copy of this ground-breaking archive film which when it was first released in 1916 was seen by over 20 million people. Includes a contemporary orchestral soundtrack composed by Laura Rossi.


Free, no booking required



Hampshire Archives and Local Studies
Hampshire Record Office
Sussex Street
SO23 8TH






01962 846154


01962 878681

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