Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Our collections

The Archives and Local Studies service at Hampshire Record Office collects archives relating to Hampshire and Hampshire families, and film and sound archives relating to central southern England. We also house Hampshire's local studies library.

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Our entire holdings have been Designated by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as an outstanding collection of national and international importance, providing an unparalleled resource for the knowledge and understanding of the history of the geographical area of Hampshire.
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Some collections of particular importance are

  • Winchester Bishopric collection, and specifically the series of pipe rolls: used extensively by generations of medieval historians as sources for the economic, social and agrarian history of southern England.
  • Winchester Cathedral collection complements the Bishopric collection, with extensive medieval manorial records. Only part has been deposited in Hampshire Record Office. The whole collection is being catalogued and until the catalogue is available we normally require 2 weeks' notice to view specific items. Please contact us for advice. We aim to give an initial response to your enquiry within our usual standard of 5 working days.
  • Winchester City archives: important because of Winchester’s unique position in medieval England and telling the story of its development from the 12th century to the present day.
  • Wessex Film and Sound Archive: includes material of national importance such as films by Alfred John West of Southsea, 1897-1905 - one of the UK pioneers of cinematography.
  • Family and estate papers from aristocratic and gentry families who have played a significant role in national affairs and in the patronage of the arts

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Portsmouth and Southampton

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