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Keeping in touch

If you don’t want to visit in person, there are several ways you can stay engaged with us…..

Visit our website

You’ll find plenty of tips for research and guides to types of records. Browse the collections pages to see what records we hold. Our blog posts give tips and information about newly added collections.

Search our online catalogue by using the search box at the top of each page. This will search our web pages, lists of documents and local studies collection. If you are particularly interested in images, you can filter the search to show results with images only.

On social media

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Subscribe to our Reader’s newsletter Follow the link and enter your email address. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for other topics of interest.

Contact us

You can still email us at [email protected]

We can give general tips on our holdings and ideas for research, as well as doing more in-depth research (for a fee). Staff are working partly onsite and partly at home so replies may take longer than normal.

If you’ve had the time to write up any of your own research, we are always interested in what you’ve found out.


While onsite volunteering is limited, we are looking at ways that you can get involved remotely with indexing and transcribing.

Some volunteers have recently indexed pre 1841 census returns and are beginning work on fire insurance records.  Others have helped geo-reference the amazing photograph collection and also contributed to our blog posts.  This is helping make our resources more accessible and we’d like to thank everyone who has got involved. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to find out more about volunteering from home.