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5-reading-roomSouthampton 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.

Opening times: The number of days Southampton Archives are open to the public has reduced from 3 days a week to 2 days.
From 6 May 2014 the new opening hours will be:
Tuesday and Wednesday: Open 10am-4pm
Monday, Thursday and Friday: Closed.
Please note that we are unable to produce documents from the strongrooms from 12.30-1.30pm.

Contact details:
023 8083 2251
Southampton Archives, Civic Centre, Civic Centre Road, Southampton, SO14 7LY.

How do I find the Archives?
By Foot: You will find us on the ground floor of the South Block of the Civic Centre in the city of Southampton. The entrance to the South Block is on the Civic Centre Road side of the building, opposite the Marlands Shopping Centre. The Archives can be found just past main reception.
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
Public Transport: The Archives are close to city centre bus stops. By train, we are only 5 minutes walk from Southampton Central Station.

Southampton Records Series.
The Southampton Records Series is an enterprise jointly funded by Southampton City Council and the University of Southampton to publish editions of Southampton documents, – find out more about the Records series and the volumes that are available on the University of Southampton web site.

Other related pages:
Publications for sale
Southampton Mayors
The Reading Room

Other Links.
Oral history recordings
Records of Merchant Seamen in our Family History Section.

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