Catalogues on the shelf in the History Centre searchroomThese on-line catalogues act as a kind of ‘travel brochure’, offering a way of browsing the extensive information we hold. However, like any good brochure, we hope it will also whet your appetite to visit us in person, or, if appropriate, to visit one of the county’s libraries, monuments, museums, or sites.

It should be noted that the catalogues are far from complete. Not everything may be catalogued yet, or it may be considered confidential.

If you have any query, please contact our staff using the contacts given within the homepages for each catalogue shown below.


The main archive catalogue is available in two places:

  • Our own catalogue site. This has been revised as of 2016 and is based on weekly extracts from our in-house database. It contains catalogues of most of our holdings excluding a small but significant minority such as school records, non-conformist records and other collections still awaiting conversion to database format.
  • The National Archives Discovery. This site acts as a portal to catalogues from public archives throughout the country, including the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives. Discovery covers the minority of records not yet available on our own in-house catalogue. However it is not being kept updated so should be a last resort rather than first resort.

Wills and probate records

As the principal depository for the Diocese of Salisbury, we hold the historic wills verified by the church between 1540 and 1858. This collection not only covers Wiltshire but also parts of Berkshire, Dorset, Somerset and other surrounding counties.

It is possible to search the catalogue of wills using our catalogue site.

We also have a separate website which used to give access to digital images of a minority of wills but this is in the process of being replaced, and it is no longer possible to order wills directly through the site.

However you are still welcome to consult it to see if the will you require is digitised. Please note that whether or not a will is digitised you will need to order copies of wills via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Local studies

Search the Wiltshire Studies collection held both within the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and at libraries across Wiltshire.


Search the 'Wiltshire Treasures' catalogues of objects held by selected museums throughout Wiltshire and Swindon.

Sites and Monument Record

Search the Sites and Monuments Record for details of the county’s archaeology and ancient monuments.


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