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


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


Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection

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






01962 846154


01962 878681

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