About Hampshire Archives and Local Studies

We are Hampshire County Council’s Archives and Local Studies service, based at Hampshire Record Office in Winchester, and we provide specialist storage and conservation for, and public access to, historic documents relating to Hampshire.

Our mission

To collect, safeguard, and share Hampshire’s rich archival heritage for people now, and for future generations.

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Policy and performance

We serve residents of Hampshire, and the wider community and are one of the busiest archive services in the country. We hold national accreditation status, awarded by The National Archives, which recognises high levels of performance in local authority archive services.

Annual Performance 2022/2023 2023/2024
Visits to search room 2,152 2,317
Other archive customers 8,521 7,767
Documents retrieved 13,774 10,758
Views on Ancestry 47,895 2,932,523
Volunteer hours 560 1068