Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

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






01962 846154


01962 878681

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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
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Hampshire Record Office, 47M91W/S5/5/8

To Honour a Promise exhibition

  • 21 October — 31 December 2014 *on now

Free exhibition on the First World War camps at Morn Hill, Winchester (presented by the ‘To Honour a Promise’ project group) No need to book. Mon-Fri 9am-5pm (also open till 7pm on Thursdays) and every 1st and 3rd Sat in the month, 9am-4pm

Suitable for

  • Any age


Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester


Free, no booking required



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.
Archive Ambassador training day

Archive Ambassador training day

  • 18 February 2015 10am-3:30pm

By becoming an Archive Ambassador you will receive training on cataloguing archive collections, digitisation, preservation/conservation and film and sound archives.
You will also receive one years free membership of Hampshire Archives Trust (worth £10) which offers access to a programme of visits to historic venues, some not normally open to the public, a twice-yearly newsletter and an annual report. As well as the satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to preserve Hampshires archives. 10am-3.30pm

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children


Hampshire Record Office


£18 per person, booking required



Family History workshop

Family History for Beginners

  • 29 January 2015 6:30-8:30pm
  • 19 February 2015 2-4pm
  • 19 March 2015 6:30-8:30pm

Find your ancestors in the archives at Hampshire Record Office. Access Hampshire family history sources on microfilm/fiche and some for England and Wales. All you need to know to begin researching your family tree

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • Any age


Hampshire Record Office foyer


£12 per person, booking needed