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Southampton Archive Services

About us

Southampton City Archives collects, catalogues and conserves archival material for the City of Southampton. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Archives search room where items in the collection can be consulted. You must also bring a CARN ticket or official proof of address.

What's in the Archives:

Records, maps, photos, manuscripts, deeds, voters' lists - starting at 1199 and coming right up to date

  • Church records
  • Local & administration records
  • Privately deposited records
  • Printed sources    

Visit the reading room

You are welcome to visit the reading room in the heart of Southampton's fine Civic Centre, to consult the materials in the collection. The address is given below. An appointment is not necessary, but you may wish to contact the archivist before your visit, to ensure the information or items you are looking for is held.

The search room is accessible to wheelchair users. Hand-magnifiers and lamp-magnifiers are also available. The search room is open: Tuesday - Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm.

Late evening

On one evening each month, the search room facilities remain open until 9.00pm, but you must book in advance.

Ask the Archivist

Want to know if Southampton City Archives holds the records you want to see?  to find out.

Contact details

Southampton City Archives

Southampton City Council

South Block

Civic Centre

SO14 7LY

Telephone: 023 8083 2251

Fax: 023 8083 2156


Website:  http://www.southampton.gov.uk/leisure/history/archives/default.asp


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