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Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Archive Education Service

Archives for Secondary schools

We welcome visits from student groups studying a range of topics including English, history, geography, archaeology and population studies at school, academy or college level.

At the Archives students will have the opportunity to work as real historians in hands-on workshops using original documents, photographs and film, and will be taught the skills to work on their own initiative in the public search room.

We can also provide bespoke sessions in other subjects (eg creative writing, media studies, Latin etc) so if you do not see the subject or topic you require please contact the Archive Education Officer to discuss your needs.

Workshops can be tailored from 1 hour to half day.

Search Room

Students wishing to access original documents in the search room following a workshop will need to have some official signed personal identification to collect their Reader's Ticket, but teacher’s can complete a registration card on behalf of each student.

Optional extras to workshops

  • behind the scenes tour + 30 minutes (to be pre-booked in advance)
  • search room guide + 30 minutes (in small groups with advance booking)

Please contact us to arrange a group visit and for charges


To help make your visit as successful as possible we ask that all visits are preceded by a discussion between the teacher and the Archive Education Officer.


You are welcome to visit the Archives in advance of your session to help you with your planning and risk assessment. Pre-visits can be arranged after school hours (3pm-5pm, Monday-Friday) or during school holidays (subject to availability). Please contact the Archive Education Officer to make an appointment.

Careful planning of learning visits is essential as a basis for later individual use of our collections.

Visits are most successful when you share your learning objectives with us beforehand.

Pupils must be supervised by their teachers/group leaders at all times whilst at the Archives.

To help protect our original documents we ask that only pencils are used when making notes.

We can accommodate groups of up to 24 pupils/students.

Visits to the Record Office are currently free to Hampshire schools, academies and colleges.

Education Room

Our comfortable education room on the first floor is especially designed for school visits and is a welcoming space in which to help your pupils engage with original documents and enjoy activities that will bring history to life. The room can seat up to 24 at tables.


Staff can normally photocopy flat Ordnance Survey maps in A3 or A4 sections for you but tithe and enclosure maps and awards cannot normally be photocopied because of their large size and fragility.

Pupils are welcome to make a tracing if they use a sheet of melinex, which we can supply, to protect the documents before tracing. Tracing paper is available at a small cost.


Teachers are allowed to take photographs of the visit itself (i.e. of pupils interacting with documents) but we make a charge for photographing documents



A Face in the Crowd

Our new double DVD looks at historic and community events across Hampshire 1900-1960.
£10 plus p&p.

Other resources

Studying Local History

A resource book on how to use original source material such as census returns, maps and parish records.
£5 plus p&p.

A Ride into the West

A typed booklet describing John Byng's travel adventures from London, through Hampshire, to the Royal seaside town of Weymouth in Dorset, where he spent a few weeks during August and September 1782. If you like Jane Austen's descriptive social observations, then you will love the acerbic wit and energy of Byng.
£2 plus p&p.


Other resources

Medicine Through the Ages in Hampshire

This resource book provides some examples of medicine through time in Hampshire taken from the extensive holdings of the Record Office. Topics covered include cause of death in the 18th and 19th centuries from parish and workhouse records, and treatment of the sick and dying at home, in the pest-house, the house of industry and in hospital. A must for GCSE/Schools History Project.
£2 plus p&p.

Sources for Archaeology and Population Studies

This publication opens up a wide range of archival sources through three case-studies based upon rural, urban and industrial sites. The mystery behind the deserted medieval village of Chineham (part of modern Basingstoke) is revealed, as is the history of one of Winchester's oldest domestic buildings. The third case-study focuses on Hampshire's forgotten industrial heritage, ironworking, and the role played by Henry Cort in the industrial revolution. Suitable for Key Stage 4 and over-16s.
£2.50 plus p&p.

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Archive Education Officer
Hampshire Record Office
Sussex Street
Winchester SO23 8TH