Barnsley Archives and Local Studies

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies was first established in 1987.  They hold records relating to the history of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley.  Dating from the 12th century to the present day and stored on many different kinds of medium, records include documents, files, microfilms, CDs, photographs, maps and electronic documents.

Books related to many subjects are also accessible at the Office.

Whether you are researching your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, studying the history of your local area or are researching the history of your house, you will find the documents held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions on require assistance.

Information about Barnsley Archives and Local Studies


Barnsley Archives and Local Studies
Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre
Town Hall
Church Street
S70 2TA

Telephone Number:

01226 773950


For details regarding their collections held at Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, please visit their Home Page and their collections page.  Their collections include:

  • Anglican Church Records
  • Birth, marriage and death indexes
  • Business records
  • Cemetery records
  • Census returns
  • Electoral registers and Poll Books
  • Family and estate records

Collections also include:

  • Maps and plans
  • Methodist and nonconformist records
  • Newspapers and periodicals
  • Parish council records
  • Photographs and illustrations
  • Police records
  • School and education records
  • Street and trade directories

It is best to book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you have travelled a long distance, because the Office can become very busy.  Some records are held off-site, so it best to ensure they have what you need before visiting.

Barnsley Records Office is situated in Barnsley town centre, and is a short walk from the transport interchange and railway station, which is easily accessible from Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Sheffield.  

If travelling by car, there are numerous car parks near to Experience Barnsley. These car parks are:

  • Churchfield S70 2DQ
  • County Way S70 2JW
  • Graham's Orchard S70 2ST
  • St Mary's Place S70 2DP
  • Westgate S70 2DL

The museum is fully accessible, with two lifts available and there are two disabled toilets.  Many of the films held by the Archive are subtitled or captioned.

You are required to register as a user on your first visit, so you have to take two forms of identification showing your address, which could be a passport, driving licence, council tax bill or any other bill.

For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages relating to Bradford ArchivesCalderdale ArchivesDoncaster ArchivesKirklees ArchivesLeeds ArchivesSheffield Archives and Wakefield Archives.

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