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Welcome to Bedford Borough Council


Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service


We are the County Record Office for Bedfordshire.  Anyone may use our service and the archives we hold for research either in person or remotely.  We are based in Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford.

To visit us: Please make an appointment before visiting.  Contact us by telephone (01234 228833) or by email ( saying when you would like to visit and an idea of what material you would like to see.  We hope to be able to accommodate your visit but may have to advise you that we may be better able to meet your needs on another day.  Whilst we don't usually request ID from our visitors, please be aware that ID may be required to consult certain records due to Data Protection laws.  When you visit staff are on hand to help and advise you.  If you want to prepare for your visit you can search over 90% of our catalogues online.

Depositing archives takes at least half an hour, please make an appointment and ensure that you have allowed sufficient time. Please read our guide for depositors.

Our opening hours are:

MONDAY:        9.15am - 5pm 
                        5-7pm by pre-arranged appointment only (see below)
TUESDAY:       9am - 5pm
WEDNESDAY: 9am - 5pm
FRIDAY:          9am - 5pm.
The office will only remain open from 5-7pm when we have received and confirmed bookings for Monday afternoon/evening by 4pm on the previous Friday.  If no bookings have been received the office will close at 5pm. (We are closed on Thursdays, weekends and all English Bank Holidays.)

Visiting us in person: see our How To Find Us page for guidance. 

Unable to visit us in person: we offer an enquiry & research service.

Do you have a question about our archives? Fill out our enquiry form.





Our Rewrite History Challenge winners have been chosen! 

Congratulations to Miss Tegan Ingram of Queensbury Academy , the Key Stage 2-3 winner and Miss Sammy Langley of Sharnbrook Upper School, the Key Stage 4-5 winner.

Copies of the anthology will be sent to all finalists and highly commended students, with a copy for their school.  All other students who entered the competition will receive a certificate of participation.

Thank you to over 200 students who entered the competition and to the 11 schools across Bedfordshire who encouraged their students to take part.

If anyone would like a free* copy of the Anthology, containing the work of the winners, finalists and highly commended entries, please contact Clare Davison, our Learning Officer on 01234 276023 or email

*free until July 2017


Opening the Archives to Bedfordshire Schools


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Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service has been granted £82,400 by The Heritage Lottery Fund by employ a Learning Officer for three years to work with Bedfordshire schools. The officer will work in Luton for the academic year 2013-14, in Bedford Borough in 2014-15 and in Central Bedfordshire in 2015-16. The Learning Officer will work with primary and secondary schools of all types – LEA controlled, academies, free schools and private schools. If you would like more information about this exciting project please contact us.

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