Bradford Archive Service Opening Times and Information

Contact us

Please be aware that we have recently experienced some technical difficulties receiving incoming calls. Our IT department are working on fixing this. If you are able to do so, please contact us by email and let us know that you have experienced problems getting through.


Please be aware: our network security makes it impossible for us to receive emails from certain email providers who do not support the TLS data encryption standards that our mail system uses. If you have sent us an email and not received an automatic response or a reply to your enquiry within 10 working days please resend your request through our online contact us form which is here and include a telephone number we can reach you on in case we are unable to email you back


Upcoming Collections Week Closure

The Bradford office will be closed the week beginning 4th December. During this time we’ll be working to improve access to the Local Authority collections in our care and will only be able to answer urgent enquiries.  Our normal enquiry and appointment service will resume on Monday 11th December.


WYAS Bradford

Margaret McMillan Tower

Prince’s Way



Telephone:  +44 (0)113 535 0152


Opening hours

 All visitors are required to book their visit and order documents at least one week in advance. Some records are held in an outstore and may take longer to make available.  Please do not travel to our building without having received confirmation of your booking.

Open days:

Monday 09.45am-4.30pm (closed 12-1pm)

Tuesday 09.45am-4.30pm (closed 12-1pm)

Thursdays 09.45am-4.30pm (closed 12-1pm)


Please contact us by telephone 0113 535 0152 or by email to make an appointment. 

Documents should ideally be requested a week in advance of your appointment.  Some records are held in an outstore and may take longer to make available. Staff will be able to advise you on how to access catalogues if you are unsure of the document reference numbers you need. 

Please read the office guidance before planning your visit. 


Cafés are also a short walk away. No food or drink maybe consumed in the searchroom

Public lockers are provided free of charge 

How to find us      

WYAS Bradford is based in Bradford Local Studies Library. The entrance is on the side of Margaret McMillan Tower.

Car Parking

The closest council car park is the Sharpe Street car park. Details of local car parks can be found on Bradford Council’s Car Park information page.  Disabled parking is available off Sharpe Street to the side of the Library.

From Monday 26th September Bradford’s Clean Air Zone will be in operation. The charges will not apply to passenger cars or motorbikes.  Other vehicles may have to pay a daily charge when they drive in the CAZ unless they meet emissions standards or are exempt.  Further information and a link to a vehicle checker can be found on the Council's website.

Public Transport

We are a 5-10 minute walk from Bradford Interchange Railway Station and Bus Station. Bradford Foster Square train station is a 15-20 minute walk away.

Journey Planning

To plan your journey using public transport, visit Metro Journey Planner. Our postcode is BD1 1NN.