Established in 1948, the aim of Berkshire Record Office is to collect and preserve records referring to Berkshire and to make them freely accessible to everyone.
Some of these records cannot be found online and are able to further your research into your family history by giving you more information about your ancestors.
The archives cover almost nine hundred years history relating to the Royal County of Berkshire, which include records of public authorities.
These resources include parish registers, census returns, electoral registers, poll books, wills and probate 1480-1857, quarter sessions, postcards, photographs, maps and newspapers.
The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you not know which resource would best help you further your research.
For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse the online catalogue. The catalogue does not currently include all their collections, but they are constantly adding to it. You can also peruse the parish register guide which has details of Church of England parish registers held.
Opening hours can be found by going to their planning a visit page.
It is prudent to book before visiting in order to avoid disappointment, especially if you live some distance away.
Reading has two railway stations - one serves the main line from London Paddington and the other serves Newbury.
Bus 26 from Reading bus station serves the Archive. Is is best to ask for Russell Street - the stop is after the traffic lights on Castle Hill. From there go over Coley Avenue, turning immediately left into the Office.
There are 20 spaces available for parking behind the building, which includes 4 disabled spaces. Parking in nearby streets nearby is mostly restricted to permit holders only.
You may use a digital camera, but some documents are not able to be photographed because they are delicate and can be easily damaged. A charge is made to people wishing to take advantage of this service.
Snacks are available for purchase in the reception area and a drinks machine is also provided. Town centre pubs and restaurants are approximately 5-10 minutes' walk away and there is a shop at the Petrol Station which is about 2 minutes walk away.
If you are unable to visit in person, a Research Service is offered. The services provided only apply to material held at the Archive.
Berkshire Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)