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.

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. Please note that the whole collection is being catalogued and we require advance notice of up to 2 weeks to view specific items not currently listed on our online catalogue; please contact us for advice.
  • 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.
If a collection mostly relates to Southampton it will be held at Southampton Archives. If a collection mostly relates to Portsmouth it will be held at Portsmouth History Centre