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About us

800 years of Northamptonshire’s history, people and places, all under one roof.

We are home to a breathtaking collection of documents, drawings, maps and photographs and our mission is to preserve and make them available to the public. You can visit without an appointment and the majority of our documents are available to see up close.

Why would you visit us?


People come to us for a variety of reasons:

  • family trees
  • local history research
  • academic studies
  • to follow up an interest in an historic topic

Some of our records are very old, with calligraphy and illumination that will amaze you. Some records are quite modern, including official records and local photographs.

How much does it cost to visit the record office?

It is free to visit us, and free to see documents. Some additional services, such as digital images carry a small fee. View our fees and charges page to view our research service prices. 

There are a small amount of rules you’ll need to follow when you visit us. They are just to protect the documents and we will explain them to you when you arrive.

Our customer advisors are friendly and knowledgeable and will be on hand to guide you through the process of finding which documents you would like to see. 

We are working hard to get everything listed within our online catalogue, which you can browse at any time.

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External sites to help expand your research

Free subscription to sites such as Find my Past and Ancestry
Only available from Northamptonshire Archives or Libraries internet access.

GOV.UK: Find a will
Find wills from after 1951 (a fee is charged)

Kithead Trust
Run by volunteers, this charity may be able to help trace early vehicle registration information.

Northants FHS
Full of useful information, knowledge and skills.

National Archives
Details of documents held all around the UK.

Northampton Borough Council - a guide to cemeteries

Detailed resources about workhouses around the UK.

Rushden Heritage
Full of resources about Rushden.

Chester Farm

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Today's Explore Archives theme is "Archive Science". Here is "the Phrenological Development of Alfred Edward Towndrow by WB Robinson, professor of Me...

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Today we had an enthusiastic group from Brackley come to visit us, to research the town’s history - we look forward to seeing them all again soon! One...

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Today's theme for Explore Archives is "edible archives". We've chosen the menu from the 1902 coronation celebrations in Northampton (ZB1121). The im...

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This week, archives all over the place are sharing items from their collections under the "Explore Archives" banner. Each day has a theme, and today'...

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Lesley, our volunteer, discovered another interesting document today. It is a pass from the Civil War allowing Francis Britten, his servant and 2 mar...

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