20 May 2011

Northamptonshire County Council’s record office is celebrating the 20th anniversary of being at Wootton Hall Park.

The record office preserves over 800 years of the county’s rich archival heritage and makes those archives available for research.

The archives, which are held in special storage conditions, date from the 12th century to modern times and come in many different formats including court rolls, deeds, parish and nonconformist registers, maps, letters, diaries, accounts, minute books, wills, photographs, films, paper, parchment and modern media.

The record office was previously based at Delapre and moved into the purpose-built building at Wootton Hall Park in 1991.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary, a new virtual tour of the record office has been created giving viewers a look at the services on offer. It is available on the council’s website http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/recordoffice.

On the website, people can also take part in the record office hidden picture anagram competition to win two hours of research time worth £48.

Councillor Heather Smith, county councillor for customer services said: “The 20 year anniversary of the record office being based at Wootton Hall Park is a good time to remind ourselves about this important and popular facility which houses thousands of archives that capture Northamptonshire’s history and heritage. If you’ve never visited I recommend you take a trip soon or even try out the new virtual tour on our website.”

The record office is open Tuesday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Customers do not need to make an appointment but it is helpful to contact the record office at archivist@northamptonshire.gov.uk or 01604 762129 if intending to consult original documents.