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Archives and local history

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded City of York Archives a grant of £1.6m to make our York: Gateway to History project a reality. A state-of-the-art store and new public spaces will be built on the first floor of York Explore Library Learning Centre in the heart of the city.

There will be some closures and changes to the service in 2013 and 2014 while this happens. The Archives are temporarily CLOSED and there is no access to original documents until further notice.  A reduced Local History library is available on the ground floor at York Explore.   You can find out more about the closures and how they affect you on the Key Information page.

Pages in Archives

  1. You are here: Archives and local history
  2. Key Information about the Archives & Local History service
  3. Visiting Us
  4. York: Gateway to History project
  5. York: A City Making History project
  6. Charges for services in Archives and Local History
  7. What's in the Archives and Local History collections
  8. Recipes from the Archives

Archives and Local History


Telephone: 01904 552800

York Explore, Library Square, York, YO1 7DS

York Images

Historic photographs from the library's local studies collection and York City Archives

York Images

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition includes census records, births marriages & deaths, passenger lists & more. Only available from library PCs, not at home.

Ancestry Library Edition

York online maps: archives and local history

Local information relating to archives and local history

York online maps: archives and local history


Yortime is the place to find activities, events, clubs, groups, open days, courses, taster sessions, family fun days and much more.

Yortime website

History of York website

Explore all of York's history, from prehistoric to present day

Go to website

Victoria County History: City of York online

A chronological and a thematic approach to the history of the City of York from before the Norman Conquest to the twentieth century.

City of York online

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