Cornwall Record Office

Cornwall Record Office was established in 1951.  Their aim is to preserve resources relating to the history of Cornwall in order to preserve this history for future generations and make them publicly accessible.  

They care for over four miles of resources housed in environmentally-controlled strongrooms, these archives dating from the twelfth century to the present day.  

They have many different resources from many different associations, so whether you wish to research the history of a house, trace your family history or are interested in local history, you will find the documents held of use.  The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

If you would like to donate any records, they would love to hear from you. Documents may be gifted, which means they now belong to them, or deposited with the Archive, which means you still own the document.

Contact Information for Cornwall Record Office


Cornwall Records Office
Old County Hall



Telephone Number:

01872 323127



For information about their holdings, please visit their Home Page and their collections page. An on-line catalogue is also available.

Opening Hours

Their opening hours can be found by going to their visit the Archive page.

Location and Directions

A bus service from Langarth Park near Threemilestone to Truro City Centre via County Hall is in operation.  The Office is situated about 5 minutes walk from Truro Railway Station.  

A visitors' car park is situated opposite the Office building, with disabled parking spaces available immediately outside.

Advance Booking

It is advisable to book before visiting and also to pre-order the documents you want to consult during your visit in order to avoid disappointment, especially if you have travelled a long distance.  You are advised to order documents 2 days in advance of your visit. You are able to order five documents, and can order them by telephone, email or letter, but you will need to provide the Office with the full reference of the document you wish to consult, which is obtained by using their online catalogue.


Photography is allowed, but this is subject to a charge and you also have to complete a copyright declaration form. 


No refreshments are available, but there is a cafe and supermarket nearby.

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The Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network)

For more information regarding Record Offices in Cornwall, please visit my pages regarding Cornish Studies Library

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