Use the archive

What happens to the submissions?

The material is put in order and recorded so it can then be used in the reading room. We can also arrange to have a submission tied up, so it will not be available until a number of years have passed: for example, 50.


Genealogists often search for personal data in the archive. For genealogists, the main sources are parish records, censuses and family trees. But you can also find personal data in personal papers, newspaper clippings, interviews and pictures.


Local events – for example, jousting tournaments, royal visits, craftsmen’s parties, captains’ funerals, fires or harbour parties – can be traced in old newspapers. As a rule, such events will also be immortalised in photographs. For anyone preparing an anniversary celebration, this is the perfect place to look for information.


If, as an incomer, you would like to learn about the house you have bought, information will usually be available in the archives. Deeds and mortgage papers provide information about previous owners, and insurance documents and photos can reveal details of the previous appearance of the house.