Cambridgeshire Record Office holds resources relating to Cambridgeshire, including the former counties of Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely. These are the present day districts of the City of Cambridge, Fenland, South Cambridgeshire and East Cambridgeshire.
Their resources are on different forms of medium from maps to CD-ROMs, so whether you are researching the history of a house, studying your family history or have an interest in local history, you will find a document held of use.
These resources include census returns, parish registers, wills and testaments and quarter sessions records. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to give advice and assistance if required.
For their opening hours, please visit their visit Cambridgeshire Archives page.
It is advisable to book a seat in advance as space is limited. If you wish to consult large documents and/or maps, advance booking is essential.
Visitors are advised to park in the Pay and Display Car Park at the behind the hall as there is no car park for visitors at Shire Hall in the week. There are however a limited number of parking spaces available on-site, but this is on a first-come-first-served basis and has to be booked in advance.
It is possible to use a digital camera at Cambridge Archives, but this is at the discretion of staff as taking photographs of some documents could damage them because they are delicate. A charge is made for using this service.
There are various pubs nearby and there are also numerous eating establishments in the town centre which is approximately 10 minutes walk away.
It is possible to arrange for your group or society to go 'behind the scenes'. Tours of this nature can only be conducted on Mondays and they do make a charge.
If you wish someone to come to talk to your group or society about Cambridge Record Office, this can also be arranged, but the Office do make a charge.
If you are unable to visit in person, the Archive offers a research service.
They also have a shop which sells various books which include family history guides and CDs, posters and maps.
They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)