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Local history

Visit the Northamptonshire Record Office to discover your local history.

Whether you want to know more about your house, your village or a local industry, the collections held at Northamptonshire Archives are full of fascinating details and information. 

​Our trained staff can help you navigate the catalogues and can give you new ideas about where to look to maximise the time you spend.

Not all documents survive for every location, but the kinds of records that we hold that you may consult include:

  • Directories and records from local businesses
  • Extensive records of the Northamptonshire shoe and boot industry
  • Maps going back as far as the 16th century
  • Records from family estates including Althorp
  • Personal letters and accounts from a broad range of people and organisations
  • Local council minutes

Evacuees arrive at Castle Station, 1941

How much will it cost?

It's free to visit and use the archives service, and with 11 miles of shelves full of documents, maps and photographs, there really isn't anywhere better to find out more about the places and industries of the county.

If you require assistance with your research you can use our research service. There are different charges for this depending on the type of research you require and the amount of time you require help for.

We have a researcher you can hire to do some of the work for you.


I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you both for your help with this project – we could not have done it without you. I can’t tell you how much the young people have learned and how much their confidence has increased over the past 12 months. You should be really proud that you helped make this happen." 

June 2016

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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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