Wiltshire Record Office holds documents relating to Wiltshire, these resources dating from the 12th century to the present day. Work began on Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre on 28th June 2005 because the Record Office's former home in Trowbridge was deemed to be unsuitable to house important documents and archives.
Work was finally completed in Autumn 2006, with the different parts of the heritage service moving in from February to October 2007, and then opened to the public on 31st October 2007.
The office holds records on many different medium, so whether you are tracing your family history, researching the history of a house or want to discover more about your local area, you will find the documents held of use.
Opening Hours can be found on their opening hours page.
The Office is approximately 10 minutes walk from Chippenham railway station. A taxi rank is available on the left, and a bus stop on the right. Head along Cocklebury Road, and follow this road until you reach the History Centre, which is situated 50 metres after the road bends to the right.
The easiest way to reach the History Centre if travelling by bus is to catch a bus to Chippenham railway station and then follow the directions from there as noted above.
A large 60 space car park is available next to Wiltshire Records Office, but should this become full, pay and display car parks are available at the Olympiad leisure centre or the railway station. These are both to be found in Cocklebury Road about 550 metres from the Record Office.
There is a refreshment area near the main entrance where you can eat you own food, and there is a also a vending machine which contains a limited number of snacks and drinks.
A cafe is available at the station and a restaurant in the Council's Monkton Park offices which are both within walking distance. If you wish, there are many restaurants and cafes in Chippenham town centre.
You do not have to book to visit, but you are advised to notify the archives in advance of your visit so they can become aware of your needs. If it is likely you are going to use a microform viewer, booking a unit in advance is required. You may book the machine for four hours.
If you cannot visit in person, they offer a research service. For more information regarding this service, or to discuss your needs, please contact them.
Witshire History Centre is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)