Southampton archives services hold a rich variety of material relating to the city and its people dating back to 1199. Whether you are researching your Southampton or merchant seamen ancestors, the history of your house or general topics such as Southampton during the Second World War, we may have sources to help. Visit the reading room for details on what we hold and how to view it.

Opening times
Open: Tuesday & Wednesday, 10am to 4pm
Closed: Monday, Thursday & Friday

Please note that we are unable to produce documents from the strong rooms from 12:30 to 1:30pm.   

Contact details
Email: city.archives@southampton.gov.uk
Telephone: 023 8083 2251
Address: Southampton Archives, Civic Centre, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7LY

Getting here
By foot: Enter through the main entrance of the Civic Centre, car park side and archives are signposted internally
By car: Follow signs to the city centre from the M3/A33 from the north, A3024 and A33 from the west and M27/A335 from the east. The postcode is SO14 7LY
Public transport: The archive services is inside the Civic Centre and close to the main bus stops
By train: We are only five minutes walk from Southampton Central Station, follow signs to the city centre