Seasonal Opening Hours

Posted on 8 October 2019

If you’re planning to visit us across December and the festive season, please be aware of the following closures.

We will be holding our annual Collections Development Week from Monday 9th to Friday 13th December. This is an opportunity for staff in the archives to carry out some essential tasks which enable the smooth running of the searchroom when we are open, and to allow us to undertake in-depth work on archives in our care.

Although our searchroom and reception will be closed, our microfilm resources will be available as usual. We schedule our Collections Development Week in the run-up to Christmas as we typically have fewer visitors at this time, and hope to minimise disruption as a result. 

We’re unable to answer any email or telephone enquiries during Collections Development Week or over the Christmas break, and we will respond to any questions as soon as possible on our return to normal service.

Our searchroom will be open for you to consult our original documents until 4:45pm on Tuesday 24th December and then re-open at 9:15am on Thursday 2nd January.

Our microfilm resources will be available every day over Christmas barring Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. The microfilm room will close at 4:00pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Additionally, many of our Parish registers, Bishops’ Transcripts and Marriage Bonds and Allegations are available via Find My Past; and our Cause PapersArchbishops' Registers, and Retreat hospital archive are available, for free, 24/7 online.