Doncaster Archives & Local Studies


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.

Doncaster Local Studies Library 
closed to the public when the library building on Waterdale closed, with effect from 23/03/2020, in preparation for the relocation of the Central Library to the new Danum Gallery, Library, & Museum. The closure date was brought forward in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Construction work has begun to transform the old Museum & Art Gallery on Chequer Road into suitable town centre premises to house the collections of Doncaster Archives & Local Studies. Please bear with us a little longer while this transformation takes place. We hope to be open again for research by the autumn of 2022 but please check our web pages for updates. While this is underway our collections remain in storage out of the borough and we are unable to answer any enquiries that require the consultation of our resources. Staff are still able to provide general advice although we cannot guarantee an immediate response. You can contact us on the email address given below. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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 registers from the 90+ parishes of the archdeaconry of Doncaster, Doncaster Borough Charters from 1194 to 1836, electoral registers, local newspapers dating back to 1786, 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.

Family & local history

Please use the following link to be taken to the Family and Local History section of our website

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: 31 May 2022 20:17:22