Huntingdonshire Record Office holds documents relating to the pre-existing county of Huntingdonshire that became part of Cambridgeshire in 1974. The foregoing area is covered by the current Huntingdonshire District Council.
The Office also covers Alwalton, Stanground, the Ortons and Fletton, which are now incorporated in Peterborough City Council.
Their aim is to collect and preserve historical records relating to the former county of Huntingdonshire. If you are interested in studying the history of a house, wish to research your family history, or have an interest in local history, you will find the documents held useful.
They are also useful if you are working on a school project or completing university degree work. The staff are always on hand to help should you require assistance.
For more information regarding the Office's collections please peruse their online catalogue. Resources held include:
For more details regarding their opening hours, please visit their visit Huntingdonshire Archives page.
They hold more than 20 million historical documents. They also have the Pepys Collection, relating to Samuel Pepys, and the Little Gidding Collection, which relates to Nicholas Ferrar and the Little Gidding community.
It is always advisable to book a seat in advance, especially if you wish to consult a map. It is advisable to order documents before you arrive to ensure they have the items you wish to consult in order to avoid disappointment, especially if you have travelled a long distance.
There is no public parking available at the library, but four disabled bays are available alongside the entrance and a lift gives access to the first floor.
The Archive also has a shop which sells various books, CDs, posters and maps. For further information regarding items sold, and their prices, please peruse their price guide and order form.
Using a digital is permitted but you have to ask the staff's permission before taking photographs of any documents because they are delicate and easily damaged. The Archive makes a charge to people wishing to make use of this service. You can use a laptop at the Office, but access to power points is limited.
A research service is offered for people unable to visit in person. They also have a list of Record Agents, who, for a fee, can conduct research on your behalf.
Huntingdonshire Archives and Local Studies is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)