Wiltshire and Swindon Archives

About us 

Records are documents which survive from earliest recorded times to the present day in a variety of forms. They were produced in the course of everyday personal, legal, business and administrative affairs, but now form a significant source of historical information for all aspects of life in Wiltshire. The Wiltshire and Swindon Archives was established in 1947 to preserve these records and to make them available for research.

New to family history?

We now have a comprehensive guide to first steps for family historians available on our website, giving tips on how to use online and other resources to establish connections as far back as 1837. For more advanced researchers looking to delve further, a guide to further steps is also now available.

Wondering about the history of your property?

A comprehensive guide to using our records to undertake research on buildings, land and property is now available online.

Current projects:

Wiltshire Wills project - Within our archive we hold 105,000 historic wills dating from 1540 to 1858. We are currently in the process of taking digital images of every item and making them available to view online. more


View the most recent edition of Past Matters, the Wiltshire and Swindon Archives newsletter detailing recent deposits and upcoming events, here.



From 1 July to the end of August 2015 our tithe maps are being photographed as part of an Heritage Lottery Fund supported project called ‘Know Your Place’. Long-term the images will be available on-line via a GIS system. We apologise that some tithe maps may be unavailable for a day or two while they are being digitised. It is advisable to pre-order tithe maps for the duration of the project to avoid disappointment – tel 01249 705500 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for your patience

Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist