Planning A Visit

Welcome to the History Centre. These pages should provide all the information you need to plan your visit and make the most of your time in the search rooms. All visits to the History Centre must be pre-booked but we have made a couple of changes to our procedures which means more documents can be pre-ordered and food and drink can now be consumed on site. Please watch community history advisor Ian's video about the measures we have introduced to ensure the safety of customers and staff. If you have any queries please get in touch byThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view the first instance or telephone 01249 705500.

Booking System

To ensure we can provide the best possible service to customers we have introduced a booking system for all visits. Please complete this booking form and return via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, please read the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions and the Test and Trace policy document. If you have problems accessing the booking form, email or telephone the History Centre and a form will be posted to you.

Spaces are limited so where possible please book your visit a week in advance (although we are unable to take bookings more than two weeks ahead of your visit). The Local Studies Library can be browsed by customers who have booked their visit.

All documents, computers and microform must be pre-ordered and we have increased the number of documents you can order from six to a maximum of 12. 

Our help desk staff will show you how to safely handle original documents but they will be observing physical distancing guidelines. Please bring your own supply of pencils and paper. No pens are allowed in the searchrooms. 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.

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.


We look forward to welcoming you

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