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Records for the current administrative county of Lancashire are held at the Lancashire Record Office - see below for contact details

Many records for Manchester are held at the Greater Manchester Archives - see below for contact details. The metropolitan boroughs in the Greater Manchester area also maintain their own archive services at their local studies centres .

Records for the city of Liverpool and the Merseyside area are held at the Liverpool Record Office - see below for contact details

Records for the Furness area (i.e. the former area of Lancashire north of Morecambe Bay which was incorporated into the new county of Cumbria in 1974) are held at the Barrow Record Office - see below for contact details

   
   
   
  LANCASHIRE RECORD OFFICE
  managed by Lancashire County Council
   
  CONTACT
  Address Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE
  Telephone (01772) 533039
  E-Mail record.office@ed.lancscc.gov.uk
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours see Map and Opening Hours page
  Entry Access member of CARN readers ticket scheme
  Directions see Map and Opening Hours page  
  Postal Research no fee based research service provided
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary see Search the Archives page for index to more information on different archive collections
  Online Catalogue see Search the Catalogue page for details of how to use the online LANCAT catalogue
    see the National Archives Discovery catalogue
   
  COPYING DOCUMENTS
  Photocopying staff only for permitted documents
  Repro Services photographic reproduction service available - see Copies of Documents page
  Own Photos permitted - use of flash not allowed - tripods allowed - photographing only allowed indesignated area - charge £5 per visit
  Microform token operated microform reader-printer available
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content not as comprehensive as it was in old site a fair amount of missing information now in the new site
  Navigation okay for the limited information provided
   
   
   
   
  GREATER MANCHESTER ARCHIVES
  managed by the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities 
   
  CONTACT
  Address St Peters Square, City Centre, M2 5PD
  Telephone (0161) 234 1979
  E-Mail archiveslocalstudies@manchester.gov.uk
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours see Archives and Special Collections section within the Opening Times page for the Central Library
  Entry Access you will need to book at least one day in advance to visit the search room - see Special Archives page
  Visiting Guide see Access Arrangements page
  Directions see street map within the Central Library home page
  Postal Research fee based research service provided - see Complex Research Enquiries page for enquiries taking over 30 minutes - see Simple Searches page for enquiries taking under 30 minutes
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary see Home Page for index to more information on different archive collections
  Online Catalogue

see Greater Manchester Lives online catalogue to search thousands of documents, books, maps and photographs held by archives and local history libraries within Greater Manchester

    see the National Archives Discovery catalogue
   
  COPYING DOCUMENTS
  Photocopying self-service photocopying available - 10p/20p for A4/A3 black and white, 40p/70p for A4/A3 colour - see Fines & Charges page
  Repro Services see Reprographics Service page
  Own Photos permitted - £5 per half day or £1 per click
  Microform self-service printouts cost 70p/£1.40 for A4/A3 - see Fines & Charges page
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content satisfactory
  Navigation muddled
   
   
   
 
 
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  LIVERPOOL RECORD OFFICE
  managed by Liverpool City Council
   
  CONTACT
  Address 3rd Floor, Central Library, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EN
  Telephone (0151) 233 5817
  E-Mail use email form on their website
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours see Search Room Opening Times towards bottom of Home Page
  Entry Access access to the search room (where original archives can be consulted) is by appointment only
  Visiting Guide none provided
  Directions street map shown on their website
  Postal Research fee based research service provided - contact record office for details
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary None currently on their web site
  Online Catalogue see Virtual Catalogue page within the record office's web site
    see the National Archives Discovery catalogue
   
  COPYING DOCUMENTS
  Photocopying self service for permitted documents - 40p per A4 copy, £1 per A3 copy
  Repro Services no professional photographic service provided
  Own Photos permitted - use of flash not allowed - use of tripod at discretion of staff - no charge
  Microform self service microform reader printer available - 30p per A4 printout, no A3 printout capability
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content very limited - a minimally informative single web page is provided
  Navigation nothiong to navigate
   
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  BARROW RECORD OFFICE
  managed by Cumbria County Council
   
  CONTACT
  Address Barrow Record Office, 140 Duke Street, Barrow-in-Furness, LA14 1XW
  Telephone (01229) 894377
  E-Mail barrow.record.off ice@cumbriacc.gov.uk
   
  ACCESS
  Opening Hours see Opening Times within the record office's Home Page
  Entry Access member of CARN readers ticket scheme
  Visiting Guide none provided within the record office's web site
  Directions see Home Page 
  Postal Research fee based research service provided - see Research Service page within the record office's web site for details
   
  SOURCES HELD
  Summary see Sources available at this record office within the record office's Home Page for a very brief summary
  Online Catalogue see the National Archives Discovery catalogue  
   
  COPYING DOCUMENTS
  Photocopying staff only for permitted documents - 30p per A4 copy, 50p per A3 copy
  Repro Services photographic reproduction service available - contact record office for details
  Own Photos permitted - use of flash not allowed - use of tripod as discretion of staff - see Digital Camera Use for charges
  Microform microform reader-printer available - 50p per printout
   
  WEB SITE
  Access Home Page
  Content limited information on visiting the record office and very limited on its holdings
  Navigation satisfactory
   
   
 
This page last updated: 28 August 2014