Stoke on Trent City Archives

Stoke on Trent City Archives is based at the Central Library and holds resources relating to the history of the city and surrounding area.  These resources include Business Records, Education Records, Methodist Records, Records of Local Government and Records of Urban Development.

The Office also hold records for Stoke Upon Trent Poor Law Union and Wolstanton and Burslem Poor Law Union.

Whatever the reason for your visit, whether you wish to research the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, study your family history or are interested in local history, you will the documents held of use.  

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

Information about Stoke on Trent City Archives


Stoke on Trent City Archives 
City Central Library 
Bethesda Street 
Stoke on Trent 
ST1 3RS 

Telephone Number: 

01782 238420 

Fax Number: 

01782 238499 


For details about their opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their on-line catalogue Gateway to the Past.  Collections held at the Archive include:

  • Bishops Transcripts 1551-1812
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Returns
  • Divorce Indexes
  • Electoral Registers
  • GRO Index 1837-1960
  • IGI (International Genealogical Index)
  • Methodist Registers
  • Newspapers
  • Parish Registers
  • Poll Books
  • Poor Law Records
  • Rate Books
  • Trade Directories

You are recommended to book before visiting because it can become very busy and also if you wish to access original documents.

There is no public car park at Hanley Library, and the nearest pay-and-display car park is in John Street. Disabled badge holders can park for 3 hours without charge in on-street car parking bays and all day in off-street car parks.

The building is fully accessible and also has disabled toilets.

Stoke railway station is 1½ miles from the City Central Library. All buses from the stop outside the railway station go to Hanley City Centre.

For people unable to visit in person, the Archive offers a research service.

The Office is not a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)so they are not valid in the Archive although they will be accepted as proof of name and address.

If you do not have a CARN reader's ticket, you will have to bring identification with you on your first visit that includes your name and address in order to register for a reader's ticket, which includes a driving licence or firearms licence.

If you do not have any of these items, you may use two items for identification purposes, one to confirm your identity such as a bank cheque card, credit card, passport or British Library ticket and the other to confirm your address such as a bank or building society statement, pension book, rent book or official bill(bills have to be less than three months old).

For further details of Record Offices in Staffordshire, please visit my pages regarding Staffordshire Record Office, Dudley Archives, Lichfield Record Office, Sandwell Community History and Archive Service and Walsall Local History Centre.

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