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

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.
WW1

Swanmore Remembers exhibition

  • 5 January — 30 March 2016 *on now

Produced by Swanmore Village Archive to mark the First World War centenary. Illustrating the impact of the conflict had on the village of Swanmore and Hampshire more widely. 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.
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Last Thursday Lectures

  • 25 February 2016 1:15-1:45pm
  • 31 March 2016 1:15-1:45pm
  • 28 April 2016 1:15-1:45pm
  • 26 May 2016 1:15-1:45pm
  • 30 June 2016 1:15-1:45pm

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

Where

Hampshire Record Office cinema

Admission

Free but donations welcome

Website

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

Family History workshop

Family History for Beginners

  • 24 March 2016 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

  • Any age

Admission

£13 per person, booking needed

Website

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

Market Place, Andover

House History for Beginners workshop

  • 17 February 2016 2-4pm

Investigating the history of your house, its occupants and the surrounding area can be a fascinating project and unsurprisingly, with so many interesting and historic buildings in the county, it has become an increasingly popular area of research at Hampshire Record Office. This workshop is an introduction to some of the most useful sources. You can discover tales about the people who lived in your house, uncover lost or forgotten features, find out where your home fits into the history of the local community or what was there before it was built.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • Not suitable for children

Where

Hampshire Record Office

Admission

£13 per person. Advanced booking required

Website

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

Face of an old clock

Latin for beginners

  • 18 February 2016 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

£13 per session. Advanced booking essential.

Website

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

Family History workshop

Family History for Beginners

  • 23 February 2016 6-8pm

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

  • Any age

Admission

£13 per person, booking needed

Website

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

Archive Ambassador training day

Archive Ambassador training day

  • 24 February 2016 10am-3:30pm

By becoming an Archive Ambassador you will receive training on cataloguing archive collections, digitisation, preservation/conservation and oral history recording.
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

HPP31/25

Using school archives for historical research

  • 16 March 2016 2-4pm

Discover the school records preserved by Hampshire Record Office, such as log books admission registers etc, and how you can use them for your historical research.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£13 per person. Booking required

Website

http://www3.hants.gov.uk/record-office/eventdetails-hro?id=265259

First World War postcard

Was your ancestor a soldier?

  • 29 March 2016 2-4pm

Find out more about the soldier in your family tree with this workshop revealing the many types of records which throw light on your soldier ancestors, including First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

£13 per person. Booking required.

Website

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

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.
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