West Yorkshire Archive Service

The West Yorkshire Archive Service collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region. We have five district offices - Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

Coronavirus Update – October 2020

We are pleased to announce that from the 19th October we will be able to offer a limited service at all of our offices across West Yorkshire. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Due to the unique circumstances of each site, our offices will be open at different times and in different ways. Please see the Contact Us and Opening Times pages for more information about each of our five sites.


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. Search our online catalogue


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Discover your family and local history

Discover your family and local history

We hold a number of collections that can help you find out more about your family history, local history and the history of specific buildings. At West Yorkshire Archive Service we also hold one of the only five surviving Registry of Deeds in the whole country. Click here to find out more.

Explore the collections we hold

Please be aware we are currently experiencing problems with our online catalogue as it keeps going offline, we are working to fix this and we apologise for any inconvenience caused - if you are unable to access the catalogue please contact archives@wyjs.org.uk for assistance

The collections that we hold are extremely varied, ranging from Church Records to Trade Union Records and Hospital Records. To find out more about the collections that we hold, click here.

Care for your collections

We have a dedicated and highly skilled conservation team who frequently run courses on how to care for your collections. Find out more by clicking here.

Get involved with events

Across the five Archive Offices in West Yorkshire we run a wide range of events and activities, including school holiday workshops and talks on celebrated Yorkshire figures. Visit our dedicated events page to find out more.

Use the archives for learning

We provide a range of workshops for school groups, on-site at the West Yorkshire History Centre, to explore the archive collections in an interactive and hands-on way. Click here to find out more.


West Yorkshire Archive Service – An Accredited Service

We are proud to hold Archive Service Accreditation by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee. A UK quality standard, this accreditation demonstrates that we meet defined national standards relating to the service we deliver and how we manage our records. To find out more and to view our policies, click here.


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West Yorkshire Archive Service