Chester History and Heritage

Chester History & Heritage Centre - St Michael's Church

Chester History & Heritage is a local & family history resource centre sited in the heart of Chester. We offer free internet access via the popular People's Network and operate a family history advice service provided by research group experts - again - free to all customers. Our main collection comprises photographs of Chester district - those on our imagebank can be accessioned online but we also have thousands of images of Chester from the past 50 years which can be used by local residents and visitors.

We have a rolling programme of exhibitions and events, produce a thrice yearly newsletter, hold microfiche and microfilm sources for Chester including newspapers, electoral rolls and parish registers, and offer various film showings of Chester's past.

Venue Type:

Archive, Heritage site, Sacred space, Library

Opening hours

Monday-Friday 10 - 12 & 1-4.00pm
Closed 24 Dec - 3rd Jan inclusive. Closed Bank Holidays.

Admission charges


Additional info

Access: Due to the historic nature of St Michael's church there is, unfortunately, no access for wheelchair users. However, if notified in advance it will be possible to make other arrangements to see material that we hold. If you cannot visit us in person, we will be pleased to carry out research on your behalf through the Postal Enquiry Service.

We have a variety of family and local history sources to help you in your search:

* General Register Office Index for England and Wales, 1837-1949 (The Civil Registration Index of Births, Deaths and * Marriages on microfiche) - £1 per hour charge
* Census for Chester District, 1841 1901 (on microfiche and microfilm)
* 1881 census for UK (on CD Rom)
* Also on CD Rom: Ormerod, 1851 census for Cheshire, Holy Trinity Church Chester Parish Registers, Betram Merrall Marriage Index and the National Burial Index
* Electoral Registers for Chester (on microfiche)
* International Genealogical Index for Cheshire and surrounding counties (on microfiche)
* Parish Registers for Chester City parishes (on microfilm)
* Local newspapers (cuttings, full papers on microfilm)
* Map collection
* Local Studies Library
* Chester Archaeological Society Library
* Chester Image Bank
* Chester Photographic Survey here - street by street documentation of Chester District from 1960s onwards

Let us help you find out more about Chester, or about your family's past click on one of the menu options, or email us with your own particular query.

Collection details

Archives, Social History, Photography

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Grosvenor Park & the Bicentenary of Edward Kemp

  • 3 July — 15 December 2017 *on now

This mini photographic exhibition on Grosvenor Park celebrates the Bicentenary of Edward Kemp (1817 - 1891), one of the leading designers of parks & gardens in mid -Victorian England. The exhibition features several photographs from the collection of the late local photographer James Warren, which were donated to us last year.


There are Places I Remember...

  • 3 July — 15 December 2017 *on now

Step back in time with our latest exhibition as local photographer Doug Stewart showcases his modern images of Northgate Street alongside our collection of the same buildings in the 1960's. This "Now & Then" journey along one of our more diverse streets takes in not only iconic buildings such as the Market, Town Hall & Odeon but also all the shops- newsagents, outfitters, cafes, chemists & grocers- which many of us remember so well. Better now or better then?

Chester History and Heritage
St Michael's Church
Bridge Street Row





Main number for Chester History & Heritage

01244 972210

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.