Sheffield City Archives

Sheffield City Archives collects and preserves records relating to Sheffield and South Yorkshire, then make them publicly accessible. These resources date from the twelfth century to the present day and are available on paper, on microfilm or on CD-ROMs.  Resources include documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.

Sheffield Local Studies Library and City Archives are approximately 10 minutes walk from each other, being situated in separate buildings.

Whether you are researching your family history, conducting research for a school, college or university assignment, studying local history, or are interested in discovering the history of a house, you will find the resources held of use.  

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

Information about Sheffield City Archives


Sheffield Archives 
52 Shoreham Street 
S1 4SP

Telephone Number:

0114 2039395


For information regarding their collections and opening hours please peruse the appropriate sections of their Home Page.

It is also possible to find out more about their collections on their collections page, where you may discover more about school records, obituaries, electoral registers, cemetery registers and parish registers held by the Archive.  

You can also peruse their family history and local area history pages from their home page. There is also an online catalogue which gives details about items which have been received since 1997.

From the bus interchange, turn left into Pond Street and cross Harmer Lane.  Walk past Howard public house and walk past Showroom Cinema on Patermoster Row.  Make a right turn into Shoreham Street and the Office is past Red Tape Studios.

Outside the railway station's main entrance an information point shows the location of the Archive.  Walk along 'Cutting Edge' steel sculpture, turning left into Shoreham Street after you have crossed the main road.

You should book microfilm/fiche readers in advance, especially if you wish to consult census returns, church registers, electoral registers, General Register Office indexes (GRO Index) to births, marriages and deaths or newspapers because these are only available on microform.  You are recommended to book a computer in advance of your visit.

Sheffield City Archives is NOT a member of the County Archive Research Network (CARN), so you have to register as a reader when you first arrive.  You will need to bring two proofs of identification with you, one of which has to include your address, and complete an application form.  Acceptable forms of ID include driving licences, passports, recent utility bills or credit card statements.

For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages relating to Barnsley Archives, Bradford Archives, Calderdale Archives, Doncaster Archives, Kirklees Archives, Leeds Archives and Wakefield Archives.

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