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How to register

Why register?

If you register with Shropshire Archives, you will be able to:

  • Create a wish-list of items from the online catalogue
  • Save your searches
  • Access downloadable content
  • Request quotes and pay for items to be copied for you
  • Book PCs, microform or a place in our Search Room (for viewing original items)
  • Order items to view at the archive
  • Use the secure messaging system to contact the archives team directly
  • Modify your details

If you want to view archive material, electoral registers, photographs and rare books in person at Shropshire Archives, you will then need your reader’s account verifying and we will issue you with a Shropshire Archives Reader’s Ticket.

It only takes a few minutes to register and we promise that we will never sell or share your details with any other organisation.


You can register online and in advance of any visit.

  1. Click on ‘Register’ on the top right of any webpage on the Shropshire Archives website or click here and complete the online registration form.
  2. Once you have completed the online form, you will be sent an email asking you to click on a link to confirm your registration.
  3. You will be directed to a webpage to create your password.
  4. You can then browse the catalogue, order copies or book a space and request items which will be ready when visit.

If you don’t have access to a PC but want to visit Shropshire Archives, our reception desk staff will direct you to the reference PC where you can complete the online registration form when you arrive.

Why not look at our online video to help you register.

Getting your account verified and your new Reader’s Ticket

When you visit Shropshire Archives for the first time, you will need to have your registration verified before you can consult the documents. Please bring:

  • ID showing your name and address such as a driving licence, bank statement, utility bill or CARN ticket.

We will then verify your account and take your photograph for your new Reader’s Ticket.  This will be valid for 5 years.

An account only needs verifying if you want to visit Shropshire Archives in person.