Doncaster Archives & Local Studies

CLOSURE OF DONCASTER ARCHIVES

Doncaster Archives on King Edward Road, Balby, was closed on 15/08/2019 following the identification of structural failings in the building’s reading room. Since then all of the archival holdings have been removed from King Edward Road and almost all have been placed for the time being in storage facilities outside Doncaster. These facilities are approved by The National Archives for the storage of archival material. The records will not, however, be accessible until they have been brought back to the borough. Some pre-1974 planning records, the burial registers for Hyde Park and Hatfield cemeteries, the death registers maintained by the medical officer of health for the county borough of Doncaster till 1939, and the Conisbrough Manor Court rolls 1265-1935 remain in the care of Heritage Doncaster and are currently held at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery.

Work is now underway to prepare new accommodation for the Archives service within the town of Doncaster. In the meantime, although Doncaster Archives & Local Studies Library staff can continue to respond to more general enquiries concerning the archives,  full responses to more detailed enquiries will not be possible for the most part until the archives have returned to the borough. It is hoped that the archives once again will be housed within the town of Doncaster in the early part of the coming financial year 2020/2021

Get in touch with Doncaster Archives by email - doncaster.archives@doncaster.gov.uk - to find out whether we can answer your query in present circumstances; we’ll do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.

The Local Studies Library at the Central Library on Waterdale remains open as usual.


Doncaster Archives & Local Studies Department documents centuries of the Borough's recorded history.

Our archives and local studies services collect, preserve and provide access to a comprehensive collection of historical and contemporary information relating to the town of Doncaster, its metropolitan district and some adjacent areas.

We have expertise in the interpretation of historical information and statistics, and are always ready to lend whatever assistance the researcher might require, regardless of subject matter. 

Records held by Doncaster Archives and Local Studies Library include parish records such as marriage and baptism certificates, Doncaster Borough Charters from 1194 to 1836, census information and returns, newspaper collections, and many other resources for researching local and family history.

Visit our website for more information on Doncaster Archives & Local Studies, including opening hours, how to visit us, and details of the many resources and research services available.

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Family and Local History - you'll find information on a variety of topics of interest to family and local historians.

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Last updated: 23 December 2019 17:19:29