Record Office for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland

Long Street
Wigston Magna

LE18 2AH

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The Record Office exists to preserve and provide access to a wide range of Resources which can be used to research the history and culture of Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland.

The extensive collections, dating from the Domesday Book to yesterday, include archives, books, newspapers, maps, photographs, videos and sound recordings. The Record Office enables you to access all these resources to find out about your family tree, house history, local study, school, college or university projects, and a host of other topics.

Contact Details:
Telephone: 0116 257 1080. Email:

Learning Programmes:
The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland offers a range of services to schools, colleges and universities.

We can:
- advise teachers at any stage in the National Curriculum seeking resources on a wide range of topics
- provide reproductions of resources in hard copy or CDRom
- advise PGCE students using archival and local studies material in the classroom
- deliver a tailored session for PGCE students using original archival material
- organise school visits to the Record Office, by arrangement, which includes a tour of the strongrooms and the chance to examine original documents.
For further details please contact :
Jeanette Ovenden
Assistant Keeper (Archivist)

The Records Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland holds thousands of documents and items, including Archives of :
- Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils
- Borough and City of Leicester
- Quarter Sessions, Petty Sessions and other local Courts
- Poor Law Unions and workhouses
- Archdeaconry of Leicester (including wills and inventories from 1496)
- Probate Registry (wills from 1858)

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