Isle of Wight Record Office

Isle of Wight Record Office holds resources relating to the island.  These archives cover the period from the twelfth century to the present day. The resources cover a vast range of subjects which include church records, family papers, local government records and school registers. 

The Office then makes these records publicly accessible.  If you are tracing your family history, researching the history of a house or are interested in local history, you will find the documents of use.  They are also useful if you are working on a school project or completing university degree work.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Isle of Wight Record Office


Isle of Wight Record Office
26 Hillside 

PO30 2EB 

Telephone Numbers:- 

01983 823820 (Mail Box Number 2232)


For more information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their Finding Aids.

Many documents have been indexed, these indexes being available in the search room at Hillside. Each Island parish is covered by the Office's parish collection and includes details of parish registers from 1539. It also includes documents with regard to poor relief and churchwardens accounts.

Some of their databases may be searched on-line which include: 

  • Alehouse Licences 1766-1819
  • Apprenticeship Indentures 1689-1835
  • Cowes Registry of Shipping1786-1930
  • Indictments 1768-1836
  • List of Paupers
  • Sacrament Certificates 1673-1827
  • 1841 Census Index arranged alphabetically by surname
  • Church of England Marriage Register Index 1837-1900 indexed by bride and groom

They have personal name indexes to:

  • Apprenticeship Register 1802-1833
  • Civil Cemeteries 1858-c2000
  • Cremations 1965-c2000
  • Census Return Indexes 1841-1891
  • Coroner Records
  • Electoral Registers
  • Monumental Inscriptions 1500s-c1980
  • Nonconformist Records
  • Parish Records
  • Parish Registers
  • Petty Sessions Records
  • Volunteer Artillery Militia

They also have School records indexes:

  • Bluecoat Charity School for Girls, Newport 1761-1902(Index to Admission Register)
  • Castlehold Baptist Sunday School, Carisbrooke 1865-1874(Index to Admission Register)
  • Newport Grammar School 1837-1891(Index to Admission Register)
  • Niton Wesleyan Sunday School 1869-1891(Index to Admission Register)
  • Ryde National Infants School 1886-1905(Index to Admission Register)

Index to wills incorporate:

  • Diocese of Winchester Wills 1571-1858
  • IOW Wills 1378-1600

Opening Hours can be found by perusing the appropriate section of the Office's Contact Information page.

To peruse material that is held on microfilm or microfiche, it is beset to make an appointment.

Parking is limited, so disabled drivers are advised to reserve a space. It is also possible to park at the Quay but access to this car park is closed on Tuesdays because of market day. There are several car parks within the town centre.

If you are only intending to visit the Archives for the day, day tickets are available which give access. You will still need to provide proof of name and address before this ticket may be issued, but you do not need to provide proof of identity.

The Archives is a member of CARN (County Archive Research Network)