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Welcome to Portsmouth Records Office

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The Records Office holds the official records of Portsmouth City Council which survive from the 14th century; local Anglican and Non-Conformist church registers and records from 16th century; large collections of material deposited by local businesses, families and other organisations as well as thousands of local maps and plans, photographs and picture postcards.

The Records Office Searchroom has moved to the second floor of Portsmouth Central Library, where it has merged with the Local Studies Library to form Portsmouth History Centre. For more details on how to consult documents, some of which may need to be ordered in advance, see the ‘Visitor Information’ page.

Download a Word document detailing a listing of local history sources: click here.

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Portsmouth Records Office
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Using the Records Office

Using the Records Office