Nottinghamshire Archives

Nottinghamshire Archives and
Southwell & Nottingham Diocesan Record Office
County House
Castle Meadow Road

Opening Times:
Monday 9:00 - 4:45
Tuesday 9:00 - 7.15
Wednesday 9.00 - 4.45
Thursday 9:00 - 4:45
Friday 9:00 - 4:45
Saturday 9:00 - 12.45

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Nottinghamshire Archives houses archives for the county of Nottinghamshire, the city of Nottingham, the diocese of Southwell & Nottingham, and other local bodies, families and individuals.

- Archives are original documents produced by official bodies, societies and individuals that are no longer in current use.
- The documents range from the 12th to the 21st Centuries.
- They include official and privately-owned archives.
- Most archives are unique and have to be housed in secure conditions and handled with care.
- Many archives have been copied onto microfiche in order to save wear and tear on the originals.
- An online catalogue is available on our web site.

Contact Details:
Tel: 08449 80 80 80 general enquiries
Tel: 0115 958 1634 archive enquiries
Fax: 0115 941 3997

Learning Programmes:
Learning and education support is provided through the following:
• Searchroom services for the study of archives by individuals
• Work with teachers, students and pupils to encourage curriculum based use of
archives from primary to postgraduate level
• Visits by learning groups
• Workshops on archive sources and the use of archives
• Open days and events throughout the city and county
• Exhibitions and displays at Nottinghamshire Archives, City and County Libraries and other venues

Nottinghamshire Archives has many specialist collections which are featured in online exhibitions e.g.

Nottinghamshire's African-Caribbean Heritage - This exhibition draws together a range of archival sources marking the African Caribbean heritage of Nottinghamshire. The earliest archival references to an African Caribbean presence; the devastating history of slavery; the life of George Africanus, Nottingham's 'first black entrepreneur'; and photographs of life in the twentieth century and beyond.

Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Raleigh Cycles of Nottingham - This exhibition draws upon the archive of Raleigh Cycles, and features advertising material, photographs of the company and its workers, and even production and design records. It tells the story of the company and some of its most successful bicycles from its earliest days to modern times.
Further details of these exhibitions are available on our website.

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Associated Resources

Who was George Africanus?

Who was George Africanus?

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Women at War: The role of women during WWII

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Children's Experiences during WW2

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