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Contact or visit Northamptonshire Archives

Opening times 

​Tuesday to Thursday

​9am to 5pm

We do not retrieve original documents between 12pm and 2pm. Our last production time is an hour before closing.

​1st Saturday of the month

April - October: ​9am to 4pm
November - March: 9am to 12:30

We do not retrieve original documents between 12pm and 2pm. Our last production time is an hour before closing.


We have free parking on site, including disabled spaces. However, we cannot guarantee spaces will be available throughout busy periods.



You can buy hot drinks and snacks from our machine. You will need change for this.

The nearest places to get lunch are supermarkets about half a mile away.

Research area of the record office 

How to find us

Wootton Hall Park
NN4 8BQ​

What do I do when I arrive?

We recommend you bring a notebook and pencil, and keep records of the document references of things that you discover on your visit.

If you get stuck and need expert help, book an appointment with our research assistant, who can save you many hours of frustration.

There are a few simple rules before you begin your research:

  • Leave all bags and coats in the lockers provided before you enter the search room
  • Make sure your laptop is charged before you come – you can plug it in here, but you'll need to hire a circuit breaker
  • Switch your mobile phone to silent while in the search room
  • Buy a photography licence before starting to take pictures of documents
  • To view documents at the Northamptonshire Record Office you will need a CARN card*

* A CARN card is like a library card for archives. To obtain one of these when you visit us, please ensure that you bring some form of ID (this must contain your address and signature). A UK driving licence is ideal, as it will contain both your permanent address and signature. Alternatively, a combination of documents showing your address and signature will be needed. Examples of documents that could contain the details required include:

​Type of IDContains your address, signature or photograph
​​Bank statements​Address only
​Debit and credit cards​Signature only
​​EU passports​Signature and photograph only
​​Non EU passports​​Only if the address and/or signature is included
​​Pension book​Address only
​​Official letters for example, from Social Services or the NHS​Address only
​UK driving licence (paper or photo card)​Address, signature and photograph
​Utility bills​Address only

Contact us

You can contact us with general enquiries by filling in our enquiry form or by telephone:

Make an enquiry

The best way to contact us is via our online form. However, we also have a telephone number:

01604 362513

Calls are answered during the Record Office's opening times, which are Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 5pm.

Please be aware that sometimes, when the office is busy, we are not able to answer the telephone.

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.

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