Hertfordshire Record Office preserves and collects documents relating to the history of the area.
These resources cover the period from 1060 to the present day. They make these documents and records freely accessible to everyone who wishes to consult them.
The documents cover many subjects, so whatever the reason for your visit, you will find them helpful. If you require assistance, the staff will be pleased to help you.
Document References obtained by using the service can be used to order and view original documents in the Reading Room. You can search either by using the Online Archive Catalogue or by using Hertfordshire Names online. Covering the eighteenth century to the present day, this is an index to people, places and events containing over 500000 names. You can also search some of their catalogues at Access to Archives.
Their Opening Hours can be found by going to their Opening Hours - plan your visit page.
You do not have to book before visiting.
Free parking is provided for people visiting the Archives but it can be difficult to find a space on days when meetings are taking place at County Hall. Visitors are allowed to use staff car parks on these occasions.
Power Points are provided for the use of laptops, and free wi-fi is also available.
Hot and Cold Drinks machines are provided in a comfortable seating area within the building, and there is also the option to use the County Hall Staff Restaurant between 12.00-2.00pm.
Numerous restaurants, cafes and pubs are in the town centre, which is only a small distance away. People are advised to remember however that food and drink is not allowed in the Reading Rooms.
Hertford Record Office offers a Research Service for those unable to visit in person. For further details about this service please visit their Search and copy services page.
The Archive is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)