Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Community Archives

History never stands still. The stories of ‘local’ areas are changing all the time and we would like to help communities to celebrate their diverse and evolving stories.

Community archives are collections of material that tell the story of a community’s history. They may consist of photographs, documents, sound recordings, printed material, digital media, film and/or objects. A community’s very own ‘memory box’. Community archives are created and owned by the community. They are a great way of bringing people together. Anyone can get involved.

Community groups - any group of people in Hampshire who are interested in the memory building, history or heritage of their community, organisation or activity. They may be long established or just starting as a new group.

We can offer

  • Help with how to collect and record local history
  • Advise on caring for and managing local records
  • Support with designing exhibitions and developing heritage events
  • Access to mainstream archives
  • Guidance on gaining funding advice and training support


An exhibition celebrating heritage activity in the community

An exhibition on community archives is available for loan to groups. It consists of six panels and is illustrated with images from the Living Links Community Archive Project. Please contact Hampshire Record Office if you are interested on having this on display.


Hampshire Record Office
Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH
tel 01962 846154

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