Archive Services

The West Yorkshire Archive Service collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region and helps members of the public use and enjoy these records. We collect and preserve the heritage of our region dating from the twelfth century to the present day – over 800 years of local history.

Preserving the past, serving the present, protecting the future

Through our five district offices we can help you:

  • discover your family history
  • learn about your local area
  • care for your collections

Our service is funded by the five councils in West Yorkshire - Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale and we are part of the West Yorkshire Joint Services.

Click here to view our online catalogue

Our online catalogue has over 680,000 entries and new material is being added to it regularly so please keep checking for new material.

Most of our collections will have a general description on the online catalogue which will tell you what type of records are held in each collection.

UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register

We are proud to hold two collections that are part of the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register:

  1. The records of Stanley Royd Hospital, formerly the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum
  1. The diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall




We offer a variety of opportunities for both informal and formal learning and have a regular programme of events, activities and taster sessions inspired by our collections which are suitable for a whole range of ages.  For more information click here to go to our events page.