Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

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

Website

www.hants.gov.uk/archives

E-mail

enquiries.archives@hants.gov.uk

Telephone

01962 846154

Fax

01962 878681

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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

Toilets

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

Archives

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

Where

Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester

Admission

Free, no booking required

Website

http://www.hants.gov.uk/archives

WW1

Waiting in the Wings exhibition

  • 6 January — 26 March 2015

The work shown in this free exhibition comprises original artwork from members of 2D3D South, and represents a reflection of the experiences of Hampshire people and aspects of life in the area in the lead up to the outbreak of the First World War.
Available Mon-Wed, Fri, 9am-5pm, Thu, 9am-7pm and every 1st and 3rd Sat in the month, 9am-4pm.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Admission

Free, no advanced booking required.

Website

http://www.hants.gov.uk/archives

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.
Southampton 1910 OS map

Maps as a source for local history

  • 20 March 2015 2-4pm

Workshop on how to use historic maps to uncover the history of your local area

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£12 per person, booking required

Website

http://www.hants.gov.uk/archives

Face of an old clock

Latin for beginners

  • 20 January 2015 2-4pm

Workshop on reading old archive documents in Latin

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Languages

  • Latin

Where

Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester, SO23 8TH

Admission

£12 per session. Advanced booking essential.

Website

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives

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
  • 16 April 2015 2-4pm
  • 14 May 2015 6:30-8:30pm
  • 11 June 2015 2-4pm

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

Where

Hampshire Record Office foyer

Admission

£12 per person, booking needed

Website

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives

Film projectpr

Last Thursday Lectures

  • 29 January 2015 1:15-1:45pm
  • 26 February 2015 1:15-1:45pm
  • 26 March 2015 1:15-1:45pm
  • 30 April 2015 1:15-1:45pm
  • 28 May 2015 1:15-1:45pm
  • 25 June 2015 1:15-1:45pm

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

29 Jan: Steam Pinnace 199, Gosport –
The 100 Year Refit by Martin Marks

26 Feb: Turn left by the Hippos –
Tales from the Register Office by Lucinda Thursfield

26 Mar: Amy Locke - The first Charlotte Yonge Scholar by Alys Blakeway

30 Apr: From family research to novel –
by author Simon Wills

28 May: Romsey Remount Depot –
by Phoebe Merrick

25 Jun: Flora Thompson in Hampshire –
by John Owen Smith

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Hampshire Record Office cinema

Admission

Free but donations welcome

Website

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/archives

Archive Ambassador training day

Archive Ambassador training day

  • 18 February 2015 10am-3:30pm
  • 22 April 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

Where

Hampshire Record Office

Admission

£18 per person, booking required

Website

http://www.hants.gov.uk/archives

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