Hampshire Record Office

Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Hampshire Record Office's aim is to safeguard, share and collect documents relating to the history of Hampshire in order to make them publicly accessible and to preserve Hampshire's heritage for future generations.

Their documents include the Winchester Bishopric collection, Winchester Cathedral collection, Winchester City archives, Wessex Film and Sound archive and family and estate papers.

Whatever subject appeals to you, whether you are researching family history, interested in local history or are studying the history of a house, you will find a document of use. The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help if you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Hampshire Record Office


Hampshire Archives
Sussex Street


SO23 8TH

Telephone Number:

01962 846154 

Fax Number:

01962 878681 



For information about their opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page.  You can also search using their on-line catalogue.  These collections include:

  • Bishops' transcripts 1790-1850s
  • Cemetery registers 19th-20th centuries
  • Census returns 1841-1901
  • Electoral registers 1889-2002
  • GRO Index of births, marriages and deaths 1837-1992
  • Hampshire Constabulary policemen 1840-1928
  • Marriage allegations index 1689-1837

Collections also include:

  • National Probate Calendars 1858-1952
  • Newspapers
  • Nonconformist registers 1676-date
  • Parish registers 1536-date
  • School log books and admission registers
  • Tithe maps c1842
  • Wills 1400s-1941

A list of parish registers held by the Archive is also accessible from their Home Page.  It is best to check to make sure the document you wish to consult is available before visiting.

The Office is near to Winchester railway station.  If travelling by car, public car parks are situated within 100 metres of the building.  

If you are a blue badge holder, two parking spaces are available off Station Hill, approximately 100 metres from the main entrance.  Blue badge holders can utilise the staff entrance located behind the building. You have to contact the Archive in advance by telephoning 01962 846154 to use either of these spaces.  

The building is fully accessible, having an accessible toilet, hearing induction loops in reception, a portable hearing loop, magnifying glasses in the searchroom and an automatic rise and fall table.

A research service is offered for people unable to visit in person.  It is recommended you peruse their online catalogue before making an enquiry.  Any request must be submitted by using the application form.  Any charge made is based on time spent, rather than results obtained.

Hampshire Record Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

For further information regarding Record Offices in Hampshire, please visit my page regarding Portsmouth History Centre and Southampton City Archives