Leicestershire Record Office

Leicestershire Record Office holds archives relating to Leicestershire.

Their aims are to preserve and collect these documents and to make them publicly accessible.  The resources date from 1085 to the present day, covering a wide range of subjects.  They are on many different medium, which include manuscripts, books, newspapers, maps, photographs, videos and sound recordings.

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

Information about Leicestershire Record Office


Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Archive 
Long Street 
Wigston Magna 

LE18 2AH 

Telephone Number:

0116 257 1080 



For information about their opening hours and holdings, please visit the appropriate sections of their Home Page. Their resources include:

  • Books
  • Manuscripts
  • Maps
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Sound recordings
  • Videos

An on-line catalogue is also available, giving details of their holdings but this is not yet complete.  

The Archives have a free car park that is about a hundred yards down Long Street opposite Paddock Street. If this car park is full there are several public car parks in Wigston Magna. 

Buses 48 and 49 from St Margaret's bus station in Leicester run to Wigston Magna.  It is best to ask for Church Nook.  When returning to Leicester, buses 47 and 49 stop outside the Office.  There is also a small station in South Wigston, which is approximately 1.5 miles from the Office.  Taking bus 45 or 47 from this station take you to the Archive.

You need to obtain a searchroom pass if you are visiting the Archive to access materials on the open shelves.  To obtain this ticket you will need to bring identification with you that displays your name.  

Identification can take the form of a credit or debit card, cheque guarantee card, National Insurance Card, National Trust Card or Passport.

If you wish to access materials in the strongroom, you have to obtain a day ticket or CARN ticket for which proof of your name and address is required.  

Forms of identification can be a driver's licence, medical card (with address), bank statement, household bill, official letter, pension book, vehicle registration document or an official ID card.

You are allowed to bring your camera into the search-room, but they make a charge to people taking advantage of this service.

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

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