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Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies is the specialist centre for the discovery of Hertfordshire’s history. Our online catalogue enables you to search the catalogues of our archival holdings.

At present this catalogue is a work in progress. Information available on the Online Archive Catalogue is updated on a regular basis. Please see About the catalogue for details of the records currently available to search, and for further online search options available for our resources. Alternatively please contact us for further advice and copying (see Contact us section for details).

We have over 3 million records on over 5 miles of shelving dating from 1060 to the present day. Resources include: estate papers and manorial records; maps and plans; parish and non-conformist records; personal papers and wills; records of businesses and organisations; school and hospital records; local government records; records of Hertfordshire’s criminal courts and Poor Law institutions; electoral registers, local newspapers and trade directories; local books; photographs, prints and drawings.

Image of the decorated border from the James I Hertford Borough Charter (ref HBR) reproduced by kind permission of Hertford Town Council

All catalogues are the copyright of Hertfordshire County Council.

What's New

'Priorities of the Priory' by Ascend

'Priorities of the Priory' by Ascend

The display board is inspired by the shape of the windows at the Priory
'A brother's journey along the Silk Road' by Betty Veronese

'A brother's journey along the Silk Road' by Betty Veronese

Focussing on two Radcliffe brothers, Ralph and Edward - partners in the Levant Trade in the early 18th century in London, Amsterdam and Aleppo
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