Accessibility Options

We welcome visitors to our two record offices where thousands of historical documents can be explored with the help and guidance of our knowledgeable and friendly staff.

Cambridgeshire Archives in Cambridge holds historical records and other information sources relating to the former counties of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely. 

Huntingdonshire Archives in Huntingdon holds historical records and other information sources relating to the former county of Huntingdonshire. 

Search our online catalogue to find out where documents you need are held

At our Archives you will be able to:

Use our searchrooms for free

The Cambridgeshire  searchroom is situated on the ground floor of  the Shire Hall building in Cambridge. The Huntingdonshire searchroom is located on the first floor of Huntingdon Library

We recommend you contact us in advance if you are planning to visit. We can then confirm whether the records you wish to see are available and reserve you a space. 

Visitors will need a County Archive Research Network (CARN) ticket. You can obtain this free of charge on your first visit by providing proof of your name and home address, such as a driving licence, gas or electricity bill or a Cambridgeshire Libraries card.

Image of Huntingdonshire archive searchroom

Huntingdonshire Archive searchroom

Group visits to our search rooms can also be arranged. See our group visit and talks webpage for more information

Order documents in advance of your visit

Documents can usually be produced on demand in our searchrooms during the week between 9.30 and 12:45, (11.45 on Wednesdays) and 2:00 and 4:30. All documents for the Saturday opening at Cambridgeshire Archives must be ordered in advance by 12pm on Thursday.

Ordering your documents in advance means they can be ready for you immediately on arrival, so you can make more efficient use of your time with us. You can request up to six items in advance. Please allow at least one working day’s notice to enable staff to process your order.

Records held at our outstore will be produced within 10 working days.

Selection of records on women's suffrage movement in Cambridgeshire

Selection of records on women's suffrage movement

To place your order, please contact the relevant archives team with the references of the documents you require, or a brief description of the material, a contact number and the date and approximate time you wish to visit. If we are unable to produce the documents you require on the day requested, we will contact you as soon as possible to arrange another date for your visit.

Archive opening times

Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives will be closed to the public from 1 December 2018 in preparation for the move of Cambridgeshire Archives to Ely

Huntingdonshire Archives

DayOpening hours 
Monday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 12.45pm-2pm)
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 11.45am - 2pm)
Thursday Closed
Friday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 12.45pm - 2pm)
2nd Saturday in each month 10am-4pm
(by appointment only, bookings to be received by 12pm on Friday)
1st, 3rd, 4th Saturday in month Closed
Sunday Closed

Cambridgeshire Archives

DayOpening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 12.45pm-2pm)
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 12.45pm-2pm)
Friday Closed
3rd Saturday in each month 10am - 4pm
(by appointment only, bookings to be received by 12pm on Thursday)
1st, 2nd and 4th Saturday in month Closed
Sunday Closed

Both Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire Archives are closed on public bank holidays.

Contact us

Huntingdonshire Archives

Princes Street 
PE29 3PA 
Tel: 01480 372738
Email: [email protected]

Getting to Huntingdon Library and Archives

Cambridgeshire Archives

Box SH 1009 
Shire Hall
Castle Hill
Tel: 01223 699 399
Email: [email protected]

Getting to Cambridgeshire Archives in Shire Hall

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