New Booking System
Your visit must be booked at least one week in advance (although we are unable to take bookings more than two weeks ahead of your visit), and we are currently limiting customers to one visit per week to ensure as many people as possible can return to the search rooms. The Local Studies Library can be browsed by customers who have booked their visit.
All documents, computers and microform must be pre-ordered. There is a limit of six items with a further six in reserve in case we are unable to provide access to your first choice documents. This is because we are following National Archives guidelines requiring we quarantine documents for 72 hours following production.
Our help desk staff will be on hand to show you how to safely handle original documents but will be observing physical distancing guidelines. Only pencils may be used in the search rooms and we ask that you bring your own supplies of pencils and paper. Please note that bags and coats cannot be brought into the searchrooms, but lockers are available, and staff will be on hand to show you where personal items can be securely stored.
New Opening Hours – Until further notice the History Centre is open Tuesdays to Fridays, 9:30am to 5pm. We will be closed Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Photocopying and other Charges
There are no charges for visiting Wiltshire and Swindon Archives but charges do apply if you want to copy any documents. We will advise on what may be copied and the most suitable method. You are welcome to take photographs with your own camera, provided you ask permission first and pay a standard fee. If you wish to publish documents or make lengthy quotations you should first consult a member of staff.
Free parking is available at the History Centre and details of how to find us along with directional maps are available here.