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Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Visiting Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Any closures affecting our usual opening times, and changes to service, are advertised on our homepage.

Before you visit us we advise checking our online catalogue or list of popular records to check whether we have what you are looking for.

Visitors need a reader's ticket. These are free. Please bring along proof of your name, address and signature or pick up a temporary one-day ticket. Keep your ticket to show each time you enter and exit the search room.

The search room is a quiet study area but a livelier learning environment is encouraged on Thursday evenings - an ideal time for groups to visit.

Visitors need to sign in to agree to search room guidelines

  • to maintain the search room as a quiet study area, eg. phones off
  • to handle items with care and use pencils only
  • not to drink or eat, including sweets and gum
  • to leave bags, including. laptop bags, and outdoor items in lockers
  • observe all legal requirements, eg. copyright, data protection
 

Visitors wishing to view documents should be aware that our document retrieval service is more limited on Saturdays. Documents can be ordered 9am-10am, 11am to 12 noon, 2pm-3.30pm or contact us in advance with your document requirements

Saturdays from October 2013.

 

We aim to retrieve up to 6 documents per order throughout the day. However, during busy periods we may need to limit this service. Retrievals cease at least 30 mins before closing time - see under Last documents. Documents required for use on a Thursday evening should be ordered by 4.45pm.

When your documents are ready for collection, your name will appear on our plasma screen. You will need to surrender your CARN ticket when you collect them from the Help Desk; this will be given back when the documents are returned. One-day temporary ticket holders may also see documents; please ask staff for advice.

Our documents are unique, so please handle all documents with care and touch them as little as possible. Ensure you have clean hands and write notes using pencils only. Use book rests and cushions to support volumes. Staff will be happy to advise you on all aspects of document handling.

 

Most documents can be copied, although some copying restrictions apply.

Options are

  • Use self-service machines for printing from microform
  • Use your own hand-held camera. Session/day fee applies.
  • Use our photocopy or digital photography services. See Getting copies

Where documents can be photocopied, we aim to make copies on demand. However, during busy periods we may need to limit this service.

 
  • Power points for laptops on all tables
  • Access to internet and Ancestry
  • Magnifying aids
  • Self-service printing from microform
  • Ultraviolet lamp for reading faded ink
  • Light box for viewing slides and negatives
  • A refreshment room with a hot drinks machine and chilled water.
  • A cloakroom area with lockers, lockable coat hangers and toilets
  • Garden and terraces
  • Baby changing facilities
 

How we can help

We welcome disabled people and our staff will do all they can to ensure that you enjoy your visit. If you need extra assistance staff are happy to help. You are welcome to bring along a friend or helper with you.

Our accessible guide to visiting the Record Office 544kb pdf

Parking

  • Two designated accessible parking spaces are located off Station Hill. From there access to the main entrance is approximately 100m, or disabled visitors can use an alternative closer (staff) entrance at the rear of the building using the intercom. Please contact us in advance, tel 01962 846154 to reserve a space
  • Public car parks 100 metres

Our building

  • At the main entrance one of the external doors is push-button operated
  • Automatic doors to the searchroom
  • Ramps and lifts
  • There are accessible toilets on the ground floor and one unisex accessible toilet on the top floor
  • No automatic doors to cinema and education workroom.
  • Ramp available to get out onto level 4 balcony
  • Carrydown evacuation chair available
  • Guide dogs and assistance dogs welcome

Facilities

We have many facilities to aid access.

Our detailed access guide for information on doing your research in our search room 1.1mb pdf

  • Accessible toilet
  • Hearing induction loops in reception, search room and cinema
  • A portable hearing loop is also available
  • CCTV magnifying machine in the searchroom
  • Magnifying glasses in the searchroom
  • Automatic microfilm viewer available
  • Automatic rise and fall table

Please telephone 01962 846154 if you have any queries.

More accessibility and disability information

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Hampshire Record Office

Sussex Street, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 8TH
tel 01962 846154, fax 01962 878681
Contact Archives and Local Studies

Admission free, no appointment necessary

Opening times

  • Mon-Wed, 9am-5pm
  • Thu, 9am-7pm
  • Fri, 9am-5pm
  • 1st & 3rd Sat each month, 9am-4pm

8-12 December: closed for stocktaking

*Saturdays from October 2013.

Closed on Public Holidays and Christmas Eve.

Last Documents

  • 4.20pm Mon-Wed, Fri
  • 4.45pm Thu
  • 3.30pm Sat

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