The Archive was first established in 1987. It merged with the Local Studies Library in 1998, becoming known as Barnsley Archives and Local Studies. They hold records dating from the 12th century to the present day on many different kinds of medium, which include documents, files, microfilms, CDs, photographs, maps and electronic documents.
Whether you are researching your family history, want to know more about your local area or are researching the history of your house, you will find the documents held of use.
Collections also include:
It is best to book in advance to avoid disappointment, especially if you have travelled a long distance, because the Office can become very busy. Some records are held off-site, so it best to ensure they have what you need before visiting.
Barnsley Records Office is situated in Barnsley town centre, and is a short walk from the transport interchange and railway station, which is easily accessible from Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and Sheffield.
If travelling by car, there are numerous car parks near to Experience Barnsley. These car parks are:
The museum is fully accessible, with two lifts available and there are two disabled toilets.
You are required to register as a user on your first visit, so you have to take two forms of identification showing your address.
The Office was founded in 1974 as an Archive Department set up by Bradford Metropolitan Council accessible in Bradford Central Library. It became part of the West Yorkshire Archive Service in 1982.
Bradford Archives is based in Bradford Central Library, the entrance being on the side of Margaret McMillan Tower.
Parking is available at Hall Ings and the Library Car Park.
Making an appointment is advisable because some records are held off-site and the search-room might be unexpectedly closed because of staffing difficulties. The staff will be able to advise you at time of booking whether you need to reserve a table, computer or microfiche reader, depending on the resources you want to consult.
If you are unable to visit in person, they offer a research service.
For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages relating to Caldedale Archives, Doncaster Archives, Kirklees Archives, Leeds Archives, Sheffield Archives and Wakefield Archives