Oxfordshire Record Office

Oxfordshire Record Office hold resources relating to the history of Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.  The Office made an agreement with the Diocese of Oxford in 1998 to preserve Church of England records and to make them accessible to the public.

Archives held include printed material and photographs and come from a large variety of sources.  

Whatever your research interest, whether you are tracing your family history, researching the history of a house or want to discover more about the history of your local area, you will the documents held of use.  The documents are also useful if you are working on a school project or completing a university degree.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you need advice and assistance.

Information about Oxfordshire Record Office


Oxfordshire History Centre 
St Luke's Church 
Temple Road 
OX4 2HT 

Telephone Number:

01865 398200 



For information regarding their collections, please visit their Home Page and their Collections page. A catalogue of the county's cultural and heritage resources called Heritage Search can also be perused on-line, but not all their collections are included in the catalogue at present.  Card indexes are the only catalogue for some resources.

Their Opening Hours can be found by going to their opening times page. 

The Office is located in Cowley, three miles from Oxford city centre.  Buses 5(Oxford Bus Company) and 1 and 10(Stagecoach) travel from the centre, stopping near the Archive.  Bus 5 also runs from Oxford Railway Station.

Free parking is available on the premises, but there are limited spaces available. 

It is prudent to book in advance before visiting Oxfordshire Record Office in order to avoid disappointment because it can become very busy.

You may bring a laptop with you to the Archives, but operating the laptop from a power point provided is at your own risk.  The use of a camera is permitted, but you have to purchase a photographic permit from the staff.  

There is a cafe on the premises which sells tea, coffee, biscuits and snacks but it does not sell sandwiches or meals. You are also welcome to bring your own food 

Books and CD-Roms are also available to buy from the shop, which include research guides, local history books, introductory books, Oxford Gaol Prisoner Portraits and Oxfordshire Parish Registers and Bishop's Transcripts.

They offer a research service for people unable to visit the office in person. A charge is made for any enquiry lasting longer than 15 minutes. For more information regarding this service please visit the enquiry and research service page. 

They are a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) 

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