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.

All The World's A Stage

  • 9 January — 30 June 2017 *on now

With the exciting advent of Storyhouse providing Chester with a brilliant cultural resource, we are taking a look back at the performances of the past - from amateur dramatics to the Royalty Theatre, from the Silver screen to the Mystery Plays and pageants.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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.

West Side Story

  • 5 April 2017 1:30-4pm

To complement our Stage, & screen exhibition "All the World's A Stage" we are showing West Side Story

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


FREE but due to small space booking essential on 01244 972210.


The King & I

  • 29 March 2017 1:30-4pm
  • 26 April 2017 1:30-4pm

To complement our All the World's A Stage exhibiton

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Free but due to small space booking essential on 01244 972210.


Down by the Riverside

  • 11 May 2017 7-9pm

Join our guide for a stroll along the Groves, & the banks of the Dee, calling at the Suspension Bridge, the Old Dee Bridge, Salmon Leap & Nowhere.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Please book by phoning CHH on 01244 972210. Charge: £3 to pay guide on night of tour. Tour starts from Bear & Billet, Lower Bridge Street at 7pm.

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.