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.
Through our five district offices we can help you:
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.
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.
We are proud to hold two collections that are part of the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register:
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.