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Local studies for Aldershot

Visitors wishing to access the Local Studies Collection must contact the museum in advance to make an appointment.

The museum has an archive which includes archive maps, plans, books, letters, printed ephemera, and everything from local traders invoices to a large collection of maps and plans dating from the 1890s.

The photographic collection includes postcards, albums and slides from the 1850s to the present day. Copies of photographs in the collection can be made on request.

The museum has a growing collection of oral history recordings, including some with memories extending back to the 1890s.

We hold listings of regiments and corps from 1856 to 1939 (except First War), which provide dates when regiments were in Aldershot, and in which barracks they were quartered. We do not have official records or information relating to individual soldiers, although we do hold some 19th century burial records for the Aldershot Military Cemetery. Enquiries regarding the cemetery should be sent to: The Cemetery Clerk, Headquarters Aldershot, Wellington House, St Omer Barracks, Thornhill Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2BG

New to the museum is the local history studies collection which includes a wide variety of material relating to Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove. This material is in addition to the museum collections and can be used to research topics or learn a bit more about the local area.

The local study items range from duplicate copies of the Aldershot Tattoo programmes to information files on the social history of Farnborough and Cove.

Of course, not everything is covered in these files, so please do not be disappointed if we do not have what you are looking for.

The local studies can be browsed at the museum by making an appointment with a member of staff. If you require access to all of the museum collections for research purposes then it would be advisable to ring the Curator to discuss your needs.

For all genealogical military research use the Army Museums Ogilby Trust (AMOT) website. The section 'ancestor tracing' provides an excellent guide and starting point for further research.



  • Collection of maps covering Aldershot camp, Aldershot town and Farnborough 1854 – 1930.


  • The Great War Volume 1-13
  • British Empire Weekly (published early 1970s) Volume 1-98
  • Journal of the Society of Army Historical Research 1940s-1990s
  • The Iron Duke Magazine (various)

Original Military Pamphlets

  • On various subjects – from military training and pay information to civil defence

Trade Directories

  • Kelly’s Trade Directory covering Aldershot 1847-1939
  • Kelly’s Trade Directory covering Farnborough 1855 -1939
  • Robson’s Directory covering Farnborough, Hawley and Yateley 1855-1903

Copy postcard images

  • Aldershot Military North and South Camp – environment and buildings
  • Aldershot Military misc images
  • Aldershot street scenes
  • Aldershot buildings
  • Farnborough street scenes
  • Farnborough buildings
  • Aviation and transport
  • Leisure

Themed files

  • History of the Camp at Aldershot
  • Canadians in Aldershot WWII
  • Gale and Polden (Publishers and Printers)
  • Programmes and postcards of the Aldershot Tattoo and Army Shows
  • Reports on the rebuilding of the military town 1960s
  • Aldershot trade, buildings and developments
  • Farnborough social history
  • Cove social history
  • Religion and churches
  • Education and school
  • Trade and commerce
  • Aviation at Farnborough
  • People including SF Cody, Royalty, Councillors and Politicians
  • Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove during WWII
  • Leisure and entertainment

We also have books published on various military and local history related themes that you are welcome to look at.