Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service

The Archives and Local Studies Service holds over 700 archive collections in its secure and environmentally controlled strong rooms. We currently have over 4000 boxes of Archives, which would fill over 8 double decker buses.

The archival documents cover the history of the whole of Rotherham Borough from 1328 to the present day. The archival documents that we hold come in all shapes and sizes, from files of paper and parchment title deeds to large volumes and maps and plans that fill a whole wall.

Whether you are interested in the history of your village or neighbourhood, a particular industry or your own family, we have original material which will help you understand something of Rotherham’s past.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Monday 13.00 - 17.00
Tuesday - Thursday 10.00 - 17.00
Friday - Closed
Saturday 10.00 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 17.00
Sunday - Closed

Admission charges


Additional info

Rotherham Archives & Local Studies is now located within Clifton Park Museum which was built in 1783 for the Walker family. There is a cafe and gift shop on site. A pay and display car park is available, with additional parking nearby.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Rotherham Family History Pack

Really helpful pack for starting Family History research, including information about, family trees, personal history, family adjectives, questioning family members, historical enquiry, using historical documents and making the most of archives and museums.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Rotherham Archives and Local Studies Service
Clifton Park Museum, Clifton Lane,
South Yorkshire
S65 2AA




01709 336632

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