Plan your visit
Shropshire Archives closed to the public from 4pm on Friday 20 March 2020 to help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This temporary closure will be in place until further notice.
Our staff will be maintaining a limited enquiries service but in line with the current restrictions, will be working remotely. We will be able to give general advice, but we will not be able to conduct research within documents or provide images at this time.
1. Register as a Reader
We highly recommend that you register with us before you visit. This means that you can
- Order documents in advance of your visit
- Sort out wish lists of document references you may wish to come back to
- Order copies of documents
You can read more detail about how to register at Shropshire Archives.
2. Search our online catalogues
You can search our online catalogues and help pages at any time using the search bar at the top of each page. We also have more guidance on how to search our catalogue.
Not everything is fully catalogued or online, so if you can’t find what you are looking for, please email [email protected]
3. Book your space
As we have limited space, we recommend booking in advance, whatever you want to view – whether original documents or copies on microform or PC. You can also pre-order documents so that they are waiting for you when you arrive.
Visit our how to book page for more advice about booking in advance and essential information about pre-ordering documents.
4. What should I bring with me
Identification or Reader’s Ticket
Please bring your Reader’s Ticket with you. If you don’t have one, then whether you have pre-registered online or if you plan to register when you arrive on your first visit, please bring ID, showing your name, signature and address.
If you have an ‘old’ ticket for which you filled out a paper form, then you will still need to register online even if it is still in date.
If you are using our Search Room, you must use only graphite pencils, not pens. This helps preserve the documents.
You may take digital photographs of some of our records but we do charge for a permit. Please read our onsite copying page.
Our lockers take a £1 deposit – this is an old style £1 coin. We now sell tokens (with key ring attached) for £1 which you can use for the lockers.
If you wish to purchase any items at Shropshire Archives, such as copies, a photo permit or items from our shop, please bring cash or a cheque. We aren’t able to take card payments onsite.
We now have free WiFi for users of Shropshire Archives. It’s an open network.
5. Extra help
Volunteers from Shropshire Family History Society have a help desk between 10am and 1pm and can give you that bit of extra help to find ancestors or use some of our resources.
6. When you arrive at Shropshire Archives
Please sign our visitors book whenever you visit.
There will be a member of staff to welcome you, verify your registration if necessary and allocate any machine (such as a computer or microform reader). If you are viewing original documents, please hand in your Reader’s Ticket to a member of staff, who will let you into the Search Room. Further guidance for registered readers using the Search Room is available.
You will not be able to take bags and coats into the Search Room. Use the lockers and coat racks in our coffee room to store coats, bags and other possessions safely.
Food and Drink
We have a small coffee room. Drinks and food are not allowed in the Reading Room or Search Room.
7. Check the time
If you want to order additional items when you visit, then you can do this up to 1pm. After 1pm, we have limited staff on duty so can’t fetch extra items from our stores. On a Saturday, everything needs to be ordered in advance.