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​​You have a clear idea of what you need to further your work. You just need to find and access it in the most efficient way possible. 

Northamptonshire Archives understands the needs of teachers, students, university academics and professionals such as developers and planners. We have a passion for seeing our collections used to further knowledge and to help the county grow.

  • We hold many estate collections, covering personal letters, diaries, estate management materials and more
  • Our Historic Environment Record (HER) is on site, with public access to the database as well as an experienced member of staff to deliver the reports you need. For more information, email
  • We are lucky enough to hold extensive records of World War One tribunals which reveal details of businesses and social conditions of the period
  • The Northamptonshire boot and shoe industry collections are extensive

   Northamptonshire B squadron Yeomanry, 1915

​We also have a full time professional digitisation service, so you can have high resolution images of any documents you are researching in order to continue your studies away from the archives. Where copyright and ownership details allow, the rights to use images in publications or lectures can be granted for a small fee.

Northamptonshire Archives host history students from the University of Northampton each year. During their time with us, they learn about the workings of the archives and how to use primary resources in their own research, culminating in an exhibition of their projects.

Whatever your sphere of academic or professional interest, talk to us about your needs and aims and let us see just how we can help you to achieve your goals. Each day more and more records are added to our online catalogue, to make planning your visit easier.

​Education packs for schools are available to order in PDF format to support the national curriculum.
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​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.


I just received my marks back for my first year of my Masters in Archives and Records Management and wanted to say thank you for your help my presentation for my Semester 2 module.

June 2016

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A wonderful message from the organiser of the group visit we hosted yesterday: "Thank you so much for such an excellent morning with you yesterday....

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