Archives Wales Search Repositories

This directory contains contact details of archival repositories in Wales, including record offices, universities, museums and libraries, together with links to their online resources.

Local catalogues may contain information that is not currently available on this website.

Aberystwyth University Archives

Aberystwyth University holds a large and diverse range of archival material, most of which has been either collected by the University to support its research and teaching or bequeathed to the University. A large archive also exists of records created by the University, including early material relating to its establishment in 1872.


Aberystwyth University Archives
Hugh Owen Library
Penglais
Aberystwyth
SY23 3DZ


Telephone: 01970 628593
Twitter:@AberUniArchives
Email:archives(at)aber.ac.uk
Aberystwyth University Archives website


Opening times: by prior arrangement only, as collections are housed across multiple sites.

View Aberystwyth University Archives website

Anglesey Archives

Anglesey Archives collects and preserve historical documents relating to the island of Anglesey and makes them available to anyone who wishes to use them.

Anglesey Archives
Industrial Estate Road
Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate
Llangefni
LL77 7JA


Telephone: 01248 751930
Email:archives(at)ynysmon.gov.uk
Anglesey Archives website


Archives Service Opening Hours:
Monday: 9.15am – 4.45pm (closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm)
Tuesday: 9.15am – 4.45pm (closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm)
Wednesday: 9.15am – 4.45pm (closed for lunch 1pm – 2pm)
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

View Anglesey Archives website

Bangor University, Archives and Special Collections

Bangor University Archives and Special Collections are responsible for the collection and long-term preservation of manuscripts, archival collections and a diverse range of rare books and printed material.

Library and Archives Service – Archives
The Main Library
Bangor University
Bangor
LL57 2DG

Telephone: 01248 382966
Email:archives(at)bangor.ac.uk
Twitter: @BangorUniLib
Facebook: @BangorUniLib
Bangor University, Archives and Special Collections website

Opening Times:
Monday – Friday
9.30am - 4.30pm (12.30pm - 1.30pm - limited service)

View Bangor University, Archives and Special Collections website

Carmarthenshire Archive Service

Carmarthenshire Archives hold over 2 million items in a Local Authority Collection that reflects the richness and diversity of the history of Carmarthenshire.

Additionally family history resources are accessible through our town libraries in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Ammanford and for those wishing to develop their knowledge bookable one to one sessions are available by contacting the relevant library or e-mailing: FHS@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

Llanelli Library: Tel: 01554 744327
Carmarthen Library: Tel: 01267 224824
Ammanford Library: Tel: 01269 598360
E-mail:FHS(at)carmarthenshire.gov.uk
Twitter:@CarmsArchives
Carmarthenshire Archive Service website

Please refer to our website for regular updates on the development of the service.

View Carmarthenshire Archive Service website

Ceredigion Archives

Ceredigion Archives is the record office for the county formerly known as Cardiganshire or (in Welsh) Sir Aberteifi. We are part of Ceredigion County Council. We collect and preserve documents about the history of Cardiganshire and make them available for research.


Ceredigion Archives
Old Town Hall
Queen’s Square
Aberystwyth
SY23 2EB


Telephone: 01970 633697 or 633698
E-mail: archives(at)ceredigion.gov.uk
Twitter:@CeredigionArch
Facebook: @archifdyceredigionarchives
Ceredigion Archives Website


Opening Hours:
Monday: 10am – 6pm
Tuesday: 10am – 5pm
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10am – 4pm
Friday: 10am - 4pm

View Ceredigion Archives website

Conwy Archive Service

The Old Board School
Lloyd Street
Llandudno
LL30 2YG


Telephone: 01492 577550
Email: archifau.archives(at)conwy.gov.uk
Twitter:@ConwyArchives
Facebook:@ConwyArchives
Conwy Archive Service website


The Conwy Archive Service is open to the public every Monday to Thursday from 10am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm


View Conwy Archive Service website

Denbighshire Archives

We collect historical records relating to Denbighshire, and preserve them for future generations. We also encourage the public to come and use our records.


Denbighshire Archives
The Old Gaol
46 Clwyd Street
Ruthin
LL15 1HP


Telephone: 01824 708250
Email: archives(at)denbighshire.gov.uk
Facebook:@DenbighshireArchives
Denbighshire Archives website


Opening times:
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Closed
Wednesday – 9.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday – 9.30am – 4.30pm*
Friday – 9.30am – 4.30pm*

*Please note that there is a restricted service between 11.45am and 2pm on Thursdays and Fridays.


View Denbighshire Archives website

Flintshire Record Office

Flintshire Record Office seeks to preserve our county’s unique archival heritage by collecting, listing and storing historic records of all kinds and making them available to the public.


Flintshire Record Office
The Old Rectory
Rectory Lane
Hawarden
CH5 3NR


Telephone: 01244 532364
E-mail:archives(at)flintshire.gov.uk
Facebook:@FlintshireRecordOffice
Flintshire Record Office website


Opening Times:
Monday: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Tuesday: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm
Friday: 10.00 am – 4.30 pm


View Flintshire Record Office website

Glamorgan Archives

Glamorgan Archives
Clos Parc Morgannwg
Leckwith
Cardiff
CF11 8AW


Telephone: 029 2087 2200
Email:GlamRO(at)cardiff.gov.uk
Twitter: @GlamArchives
Facebook: @GlamArchives
Glamorgan Archives website


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Gwent Archives

Gwent Archives is the official archive for the five local authorities in the Gwent area. We moved from County Hall, Cwmbran to our new site at Ebbw Vale in 2011 and our new facilities provide:


An ideal environment for you to use the unique collection of documents.
Around 10km of state of the art storage so that historical records of all kinds can be preserved for future generations. We are always keen to hear from people with documents they think might be of interest.
Lecture and group facilities.
A modern archive conservation studio where we carry out the delicate work of repair and conservation.


Gwent Archives
Steelworks Road
Ebbw Vale
NP23 6AA


Telephone: 01495 353363
Email:enquiries(at)gwentarchives.gov.uk
Twitter:@GwentArchives
Facebook:@GwentArchives
Gwent Archives website

Opening Hours:
Open Tuesday to Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm
We are also open on the 2nd Saturday each month from 10.00am – 4.00pm


View Gwent Archives website

Gwynedd Archives Service – Caernarfon Record Office

Gwynedd Archives Service welcomes the public to visit its Record Offices to use and enjoy the wide range of documents, photographs, maps and newspapers that are kept.


Gwynedd Archives Service
Caernarfon Record Office
Swyddfa’r Cyngor
Caernarfon
LL55 1SH


Telephone: 01286 679 095
Email:ArchifdyCaernarfon(at)gwynedd.llyw.cymru
Gwynedd Archives Service – Caernarfon Record Office website


Opening Times:
Wednesday: 9.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 7pm;
Thursday-Friday: 9.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 5pm

View Gwynedd Archives Service – Caernarfon Record Office website

Gwynedd Archives Service – Meirionnydd Record Office

Gwynedd Archives Service welcomes the public to visit its Record Offices to use and enjoy the wide range of documents, photographs, maps and newspapers that are kept.


Gwynedd Archive Service
Meirionnydd Record Office
Gwynedd Council
Ffordd y Bala
Dolgellau
LL40 2YF


Telephone: 01341 424682
E-mail:archifau(at)gwynedd.llyw.cymru
Gwynedd Archives Service – Meirionnydd Record Office website


Opening Hours:
Monday: 09:30 – 12:30; 13:30 – 17:00
Tuesday: 9.30-12.30, 13.30 – 17.00
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: CLOSED
Friday: CLOSED
Saturday: CLOSED


View Gwynedd Archives Service – Meirionnydd Record Office website

The National Library of Wales

The Library’s collection of archives and manuscripts is very extensive, and the documents within them cover a huge variety of sizes, subjects and formats. From the medieval charters of the Cistercian abbey of Strata Marcella to recent records of the National Eisteddfod of Wales, from the political archive of the late Gwynfor Evans to the scrapbooks of the boxer Freddie Welsh, and from the wills of ordinary people to national treasures, the archives at NLW contain information extending to every branch of knowledge.


The National Library of Wales
Aberystwyth
SY23 3BU


Telephone: 01970 632800
Email:gofyn(at)llgc.org.uk
Twitter:@NLWales
Twitter:@NLWArchives
Facebook:@llgcymrunlwales
Website:The National Library of Wales


Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:30am – 5:00pm


View The National Library of Wales website

Pembrokeshire Record Office

Pembrokeshire Archives holds historical sources from the Middle Ages until today. Amongst our many collections are census returns, parish registers, maps, photographs, deeds and letters.


Pembrokeshire Archives and Local Studies
Prendergast
Haverfordwest
SA61 2PE

Telephone: 01437 775456
E-mail:record.office(at)pembrokeshire.gov.uk
Facebook: @PembsArchives
Pembrokeshire Record Office website


Opening Hours:
Wednesday: 10am – 8pm;
Thursday and Friday: 10am – 5pm;
Saturday: 10am – 3pm (not Bank Holiday weekends)
No records will be issued between 12.30 to 1.30 and 5.30 to 6.30 Wednesdays and between 12.30 to 1.30 Saturdays.


View Pembrokeshire Record Office website

Powys County Archives Office

Powys Archives is located in Llandrindod Wells, and serves as the official repository for the records of the county of Powys. Our collections date from the fourteenth century and can be used for all types of research.

Powys County Archives Office
Unit 29
Dole Road Enterprise Park
Llandrindod Wells
LD1 6DF

Telephone: 01597 826088
E-mail:archives(at)powys.gov.uk
Twitter:@PowysArchives
Facebook:@PowysArchives
Powys County Archives Office website

Opening hours:
Thursday and Friday: 9.30am - 5.00pm

View Powys County Archives Office website

Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales

The Royal Commission is the investigation body and national archive for the historic environment of Wales. It has the lead role in ensuring that Wales’s archaeological, built and maritime heritage is authoritatively recorded, and seeks to promote the understanding and appreciation of this heritage nationally and internationally.


Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
Library and Enquiries Service
National Monuments Record of Wales
Ffordd Penglais
Aberystwyth
SY23 3BU


Telephone: 01970 621200
Email: nmr.wales(at)rcahmw.gov.uk
Twitter:@RCAHMWales
Facebook: @RCAHMWales
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales website

View Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales website

Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University

Special Collections and Archives aims to preserve, promote, and develop the University Library’s historical and special research resources in order to support staff and postgraduate work and save their time with our enquiries services, to develop research collections to assist new research ventures, and to attract external scholars and grant aid to promote the research reputation of Cardiff University worldwide.


Email:specialcollections(at)cardiff.ac.uk
Twitter:@CUSpecialColls
Facebook:@CUSpecialColls
Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University website


Opening hours:
Monday - Friday
9.00am - 12.00pm
1.00pm - 5.00pm


View Special Collections and Archives, Cardiff University website

Swansea University, Richard Burton Archives

The Richard Burton Archives is the corporate memory and archive repository of Swansea University and holds material of local, regional and national significance. The Archives selects, preserves and makes accessible to all the records of historical value created or acquired by the University.


Richard Burton Archives
Library and Information Centre
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea
SA2 8PP


Telephone: 01792 295021
Email: archives(at)swansea.ac.uk
Twitter:@SwanUniArchives
Swansea University, Richard Burton Archives website


Opening Hours:
The Archives are open to all. Visits are by appointment. Appointments for Tuesday evening must be made by 13:00 on the previous Friday
Monday: 9.15am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.45pm
Tuesday: 9.15am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.45pm, 5.30pm - 7.30pm (during term time)
Wednesday: 9.15am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.45pm
Thursday: 9.15am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.45pm
Friday: 9.15am - 1pm, 2pm - 4.45pm

View Swansea University, Richard Burton Archives website

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Archives

The Roderic Bowen Library & Archives, located on the Lampeter Campus of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, houses the University’s Special Collections including its oldest printed books, manuscripts and archives. The RBLA is one of the principal resources for academic research in Wales.


Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Lampeter
SA48 7ED


Telephone: 01570 424716
Email:rodericbowenlibrary(at)uwtsd.ac.uk
University of Wales Trinity Saint David Archives website

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday
10.00am - 12.00pm
2.00pm - 4.00pm

View University of Wales Trinity Saint David Archives website

West Glamorgan Archive Service

West Glamorgan Archive Service is a joint service for the Councils of the City and County of Swansea and Neath Port Talbot County Borough. We collect documents, maps, photographs, film and sound recordings relating to all aspects of the history of West Glamorgan.


West Glamorgan Archives
Civic Centre
Oystermouth Road
Swansea
SA1 3SN

Telephone: 01792 636589
Email: westglam.archives(at)swansea.gov.uk
Twitter: @WestGlamArchive
Facebook: @WestGlamorganArchives
West Glamorgan Archive Service website


Opening hours:
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 9.00am-7.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am-5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm

View West Glamorgan Archive Service website

West Glamorgan Archive Service – Neath Antiquarian Society Archives

Neath Antiquarian Society Archives is the West Glamorgan Archive Service’s branch office in Neath. It is also the home of the Neath Antiquarian Society and holds their historic archive collections. There is a searchroom where the Society’s original documents can be consulted..


Neath Antiquarian Society Archives
Neath Mechanics’ Institute
4 Church Place
Neath
SA11 3LL


Telephone: 01639 620139
West Glamorgan Archive Service – Neath Antiquarian Society Archives website


Opening hours:
Monday: 09.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4.45pm
Thursday: 09.30am - 12.30pm, 1.30pm - 4.45pm


View West Glamorgan Archive Service – Neath Antiquarian Society Archives website

Wrexham Archives and Local Studies

The Wrexham Archives and Local Studies Service is the place in Wrexham to do your research on local history and family history.

Wrexham Archives and Local Studies Service
Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives
Regent Street
Wrexham
LL11 1RB


Telephone: 01978 297480
Email: localstudies(at)wrexham.gov.uk and archives(at)wrexham.gov.uk
Wrexham Archives and Local Studies website


Opening Times:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Last Saturday in each month – 11:00am – 4:00pm
Last document requests 4.30pm
Documents must be ordered in advance for Saturday.
Closed: Tuesday; Saturday (except for the last Saturday in the month); Sunday; Public holidays

View Wrexham Archives and Local Studies website

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