Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies - HALS

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Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies (HALS) is the specialist centre of information on the local history of Hertfordshire, covering many aspects of life in the county including the people, the environment, the geography and history etc.
Based at County Hall in Hertford, HALS comprises the former Hertfordshire Record Office and the county Local Studies Library, and offers an integrated service providing archives and local studies material, including over 6000 archive collections, 30,000 books, 30,000 images, 10,000 maps, and 200 newspaper and periodical titles.

If you are interested in researching your family history, the history of your house, town or village, or need help with a school local studies project, HALS can help you. There are two parts to the service:
* The Archive Reading Room, where visitors consult original documents. These include the records of the County Council, as well as local parish churches, families, estates and businesses.
* The Library, where visitors can see printed and published materials. These include books and pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals, directories, theses, maps, photographs, sources on microfilm such as parish registers and wills, a range of CD-ROMs and the Internet.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Tuesday 9.00 - 19.30
Wednesday 9.00 - 17.00
Thursday 9.00 - 17.00
Friday 9.00 - 17.00
Saturday 9.00 - 13.00
(Closed Bank Holidays)

It is not necessary to book unless you wish to consult original documents on a Tuesday evening or Saturday morning.It is advisable to ring before you visit as some of our documents are stored off site.

Please note that original documents cannot be ordered during the last hour before closing.

Closed: Every Monday and all public Bank Holidays

Admission charges

No charge to view original documents

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies - HALS
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies (HALS)
Hertfordshire County Council
County Hall
Pegs Lane
SG13 8EJ






Customer Service Centre ask for Local Studies

0300 1234 049


01992 555113

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