Southampton archives



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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.

The archives are open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10am to 4pm
Closed: Monday, Thursday and Friday

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

Contact details

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

Key documents