Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

Hampshire Archives

At Hampshire Record Office we hold a collection of archives relating to Hampshire, Hampshire families and organisations, and film and sound archives relating to central southern England. We also house Hampshire’s local studies library. We welcome visits from schools and academies, and wherever possible we will tailor our sessions to suit your locality or curriculum requirements.

The entire holdings have been designated by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council as an outstanding collection of national and international importance. This wealth of historical evidence spanning over 1,000 years provides an unparalleled resource for schools.

Service features

  • Learning visits can be arranged for pupils at Year 6 and above
  • The needs of pupils in Years 3 to 5 may be met from our resource packs, DVDs and online resources, supplemented by copies of material relating to the school's locality
  • We provide free online resources on our website

Benefits to schools

  • We can give students the opportunity to work as real historians through hands-on workshops, using written documents, photographs and film
  • Schools can discover a wide range of fascinating resources revealing the story of Hampshire and its people, past and present. We also hold items from around the world including Europe, Africa, India, America and Australia
  • We are located close to Winchester railway station and near other heritage sites such as the Great Hall, Westgate Museum, Winchester Military Museums and Winchester Cathedral
  • We have dedicated on-site and accessible facilities, including an education room with interactive whiteboard and a cinema


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