Getting around - Access to West Yorkshire Archive Service buildings
Our Wakefield building does not provide easy access for people with mobility difficulties.
We are making some changes which will help to mitigate some of these problems and we are also working on longer-term plans for archive service accommodation. However we recognise that short-term alterations will not help everyone.
If you are researching Family History, access to fiche and film copies of widely-used Family History sources for West Yorkshire are available at several local libraries.
If you are researching other topics and need access to different records normally housed at Wakefield we propose the following options:
• Photocopies / digital copies of sources. This will depend on the size, fragility and number of the records you need to use. Subject to copyright, we will provide up to ten copies / images free of charge.
• Temporary transfer of relevant sources to our offices at Leeds, Calderdale or Kirklees which are all easily accessible. Staff at the office holding the records will help you identify the sources you will need and will help you to make an appointment at Calderdale, Kirklees or Leeds. The records will be transferred for a maximum of one month from the date of your first appointment to use them. We reserve the right not to transfer any item which is too fragile to be transported. We cannot transfer registers from the Registry of Deeds at Wakefield.
The temporary transfer arrangement is not available to any researcher who can normally gain access to the office which houses the records