About our service

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The Cheshire Archives & Local Studies service identifies, collects and cares for archives and publications that are the evidence of Cheshire communities’ lives past and present. We deliver access for all to our collections for information, learning and enjoyment and work to make sure archives survive so that future generations will be able to do the same.

We are a shared service of Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils.

The service is also responsible for delivering the archives service for Warrington and Halton boroughs.


Cheshire's archives: a story shared

Central to our vision for Cheshire’s archives is to provide new premises for the Archives service, its activities and the collections, and bring collections closer to people. The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and fits closely with their aims and ambitions for people, heritage and communities that have been developed with input from National Lottery players. See the plans and follow our progress on a dedicated project site here.

Latest update: June 2024

Following planning approval in March, Kier Construction have been appointed to build the new history centres in Chester and Crewe. The project team have been working closely with Kier to complete building designs and we expect to begin construction on both sites on site in Summer 2024. 

At the same time, in order to prepare the six miles of archives for their move to new homes, as well as enabling the team to focus on delivering the project’s extensive outreach programme, access to archives at the Record Office will be put on hold from 8th August 2024. Research access will begin again once the new centres open. This is expected to be in early 2026.

While you cannot access collections in person at the Record Office, the Archives team will continue to

- Answer enquiries about collections

- Offer short search and research services where possible

- Supply copies of documents where possible

Online access will remain unaffected.

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Find out more

The best way to keep in touch is via our social media channels and via our Newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. You can also get in touch about the project via archivesproject@cheshiresharedservices.gov.uk.

Frequently asked questions relating to the move.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies building entrance


This website is run in partnership between Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils.





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