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 – May 2021
We are pleased to have re-opened some of our offices across West Yorkshire and look forward to welcoming you back..
Due to the unique circumstances of each site, our offices will be reopening at different times and in different ways. We will be operating an appointment only system for now. Please visit the webpage for the office you would like to visit for up-to-date details.
We will be continuing to provide remote services and monitoring and responding to email and telephone messages.
Since re-opening, demand for appointments at our offices has been very high. As a result of this, and the fact that our spaces are reduced due to Covid restrictions, please be aware that when you contact us to book an appointment it is very likely that spaces may already be booked up for a number of weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we appreciate it is frustrating. Our staff are doing everything they can to book people in as soon as there is a safe space available for them.
Please keep an eye out for updates on our social media channels and website.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.