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.
Magna Carta and Hampshire exhibition

Magna Carta and Hampshire exhibition

  • 12 June — 30 September 2015 *on now

Exhibition to mark 800 years of Magna Carta produced by The Odiham Society in conjunction with Hampshire Record Office. Hampshire has a number of connections with Magna Carta and it is primarily this local angle which the display highlights including the significance of locations such as Winchester and Odiham as well as individuals like Peter de Roches, Bishop of Winchester. It includes a copy of the vernacular French translation of the Charter of Liberties (Magna Carta) produced on parchment with quill and oak gall ink and bound in vellum. It is also a great opportunity to feature some of the treasures dating from the same period which are held by Hampshire Record Office including King John’s charter to the men of Andover dated 1205.
Available Mon-Wed, Fri, 9am-5pm, Thu, 9am-7pm 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

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.
Family History workshop

Family History for Beginners

  • 3 September 2015 2-4pm
  • 1 October 2015 2-4pm
  • 5 November 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

£13 per person, booking needed

Website

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

Family History workshop

Family History for Beginners

  • 22 September 2015 6-8pm
  • 27 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 24 November 2015 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

Family History workshop

Family History for Beginners

  • 22 September 2015 6-8pm
  • 27 October 2015 6-8pm
  • 24 November 2015 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

First World War postcard

Was your ancestor a soldier?

  • 25 September 2015 2-4pm
  • 1 December 2015 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

Face of an old clock

Latin for beginners

  • 8 October 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

£13 per session. Advanced booking essential.

Website

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

HPP31/25

Using school archives for historical research

  • 3 November 2015 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

19M48/15

Title deeds for local and family history

  • 19 November 2015 10:30am-1pm

Discover how to decipher and use title deeds 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=265260

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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