Accessibility at Hampshire Record Office

Accessibility information and guidance

Hampshire Record Office is a modern building with even, carpeted flooring throughout. The building is well lit by both natural and artificial light.

All floors are accessible by a customer lift. All facilities for research are on the ground floor.

Getting here

Hampshire Record Office is located next to multiple bus stops, including Park and Ride. Winchester railway station is also nearby for those wishing to travel by train.


An accessible car space is near the door at the rear of Hampshire Record Office, allowing for level access to the building. You should book this space in advance and give your name on arrival at the barrier to the rear drive.

A public car park is available opposite the entrance to Winchester railway station.

There are no available drop-off bays at the entrance of Hampshire Record Office. We are located on a busy road (Sussex Street) which also has double yellow lines.

Accessing Hampshire Record Office

Rear of the building

Staff will be available to open the rear door and show you through to Reception. An intercom located by the door allows you to contact staff, if needed.


The door at the front of the building leading into reception can be opened manually or by pressing the button. This door opens outward.

We also have a revolving door and two-way door.

At the reception desk, show your reader ticket (or be issued with one), then sign in and use a locker for your bag and outdoor clothing.

You can eat your own food and use the water dispenser in our reception area.

Search room

The search room is accessible via automatic doors. You should show your reader ticket to staff at the reception desk who will open the door for you.

Assistance and alarms

Our friendly staff are available to assist you from the reception desk and at the help desk located within the search room.

Hearing Loops

Hearing loops are available at both desks as well as in the Cinema. A portable hearing loop is also available on request from reception.


We have two evacuation chairs available to aid disabled users who can transfer themselves into one if there is an emergency. If you believe that you may need help evacuating the building you should make the staff at the reception desk aware.

Toilet facilities

There are accessible male and female toilets on the ground floor. An accessible unisex toilet is available on the top floor.

All accessible toilets are fitted with alarm cords.

Assistance animals

Assistance dogs are permitted at Hampshire Record Office.

Accessible resources

Our informational leaflets are available in large print.

Computers and microform machines

Many of our most popular resources, such as parish registers and wills, are available on microform and also online. Free online access is available in Hampshire libraries and the Record Office.

Computers and microform machines are available in the search room. Microfilm readers have an adjustable lens. Microfiche readers have two lenses for ease of reading. Some microform is stored in high drawers and the labels are small.

Map table

Maps are viewed at the map table. The map table is high and non-adjustable. Smaller maps and other documents may be viewed on height-adjustable tables which can also be used by wheelchair users for the reading of microform. You should let staff know in advance if you wish to reserve one.

Audio visual (AV) booth

The AV booth is available for listening to sound recordings and watching archive films. If you need assistance setting this up, you should speak to a member of staff.

Visual aids

A selection of magnifying sheets and other visual aids are available on request.