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 – 3rd November 2020
We are sorry to announce that the West Yorkshire Archive Service offices will be closing to the public from Thursday 5th November until further notice to comply with the latest Covid-19 Lockdown requirements for non-essential services and businesses in England.
We will continue to monitor our email and telephone messages where we are able to do so and will respond to essential enquiries where we can. We may experience delays in receiving any postal enquiries, please bear with us.
Please keep an eye out for updates on our website and social media channels for further information.
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
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.