Visit our Archives

We welcome visitors to our two record offices where thousands of historical documents can be explored with the help and guidance of our knowledgeable and friendly staff.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 is now open in its new accommodation in Ely.

It 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. 

At our Archives you will be able to:

Use our searchrooms for free

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. 

We anticipate Cambridgeshire Archives being very busy in the first few months after we open at Ely on 10 December,  so you are strongly advised to book ahead.

Visitors will need a County Archive Research Network (CARN) ticket or a Cambridgeshire Archives Service card.  You can obtain one of our own cards 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 Archives 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.

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

Huntingdonshire Archives

 
Day Opening 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

Day Opening hours from 10 December 2019
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 12.45pm-2pm)
Wednesday 9.30am - 5pm
(no document productions 11.45am-2pm)
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)

Please note there will be no Saturday opening on 21 March 2020

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 
Huntingdon 
PE29 3PA 
Tel: 01480 372738
Email: hunts.archives@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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Cambridgeshire Archives

The Dock
Ely
CB7 4GS
Tel: 01223 699399
Email:cambs.archives@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

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