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 - July 2020

The West Yorkshire Archive Service currently remains closed to the public.

We are continuing to work on plans to re-open our buildings across West Yorkshire to visitors.  This will happen in a phased way.

The key priority is ensuring that our spaces will be safe for both public and staff, and that we have the appropriate procedures and staffing levels in place for us to follow government guidelines.   

We aim to begin our re-opening programme from late summer and will update our social media channels and website with more details as this begins.

In the meantime we will continue monitoring our email and telephone messages where we are able to do so and we will respond to essential enquiries where we can.

Website: www.wyjs.org.uk/archives

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wyorksarchives/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wyorksarchives

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/westyorkshirearchive/


Please do not travel to us and adhere to official advice to protect yourselves and others: Public Health England

Many of our family history resources are available via Ancestry.co.uk , and some of our West Yorkshire Tithe Maps are freely available at WYTithemaps.org.uk . You can also access digital images of the diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall via our online catalogue - find out more here.

We have postponed our events programme until further notice.   If you have bought a ticket to attend a paid for event we will be making full refunds via Eventbrite. We hope to re-run all our events at a safer time in the future.

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


NEW: Discover more about the incredible diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall – the inspiration behind BBC/HBO drama ‘Gentleman Jack’



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