Lancashire Record Office (A-Z)

Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre

Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre is an Archive Centre of Cumbria Archive Service, and collects and preserves parish records, electoral registers, wills, maps and plans, poor law records and photographs relating to the history of Cumbria.  

These archives relate to families, businesses, local authorities, solicitors, societies and schools. The Office makes these resources publicly accessible. They have a vast range of resources, so whatever your research interest, you will find a document of use.

Information about Barrow Archive


Barrow Archive and Local Studies Centre 
140 Duke Street 

LA14 1XW 

Telephone Number:

01229 407377 


For information regarding their collections, their opening hours and directions, please visit the appropriate sections of their Home Page. Records held by the Archive include:

  • Census Returns for Furness and Cartmel areas and South Cumberland including Millom 1841-1901
  • Church of England Parish Records
  • Estate papers of the Duke of Buccleuch
  • Index to civil registrations of births, marriages and deaths 1837-1996
  • Landed Estate Records
  • Newspapers
  • Records of Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd, including gun mounting drawings 1898-1950
  • School Records

The Archive is adjacent to Barrow Library.  Buses to Barrow stop near the Archive on Duke Street.  The train station is 5-10 minutes walk from the Office.  Parking is limited to 2 hours nearby, but there is a pay and display car park on Duke Street behind the Town Hall.

Use of a digital camera is permitted, but a charge is made to people taking advantage of this service.  Use of flash is not permitted and a copyright declaration form must be filled out.

Barrow Archives and Local Studies Centre is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

Greater Manchester County Record Office


Greater Manchester County Record Office
City Library
St Peters Square
City Centre
M2 5PD

Telephone Number:

0161 2341983 (Archives)
0161 234 1979 (Special Collections)


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their on-line catalogue. These resources are held on several different medium. The library also has a large collection of books relating to Manchester. Resources relating to family history held at the Office include:

  • Birth, marriages and death indexes
  • Census Returns
  • Church and chapel registers
  • Electoral Registers
  • Grave and cemetery records
  • Immigration records and passenger lists
  • Rate books
  • Wills and probate records

The Central Library's opening hours are also available.

Several car parks are nearby.  If only staying for a short time, you can park for up to 2 hours in an on-street parking bay.

The Office is 10 minutes walk from Victoria Station and 20 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.

Buses from central Manchester stop nearby, with the Shudehill stop on the tram being near the Archive.

Although the library offers a copying service, some documents are not able to be copied because they are fragile and easily damaged.  You are able to take your own photographs of certain documents, but the Office makes a charge to people wishing to take advantage of this service.

You are required to give one working days notice in order to visit the searchroom.

If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a Research Service.  In addition they also give details of local researchers.  For a fee, these agents are willing to undertake research on your behalf.

Greater Manchester Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

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