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Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service

***ARCHIVES SERVICE CLOSED WEEK*** Please note we will be closed from Monday April 29th to Friday May 3rd.


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: You must 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.  If you want to see any original documents please ensure you search our catalogues online prior to your visit.  Over 90% of our catalogue listings can be found there.  We hope to be able to accommodate your visit on your preferred day but may have to advise you that we are better able to meet your needs on another day.  When you visit staff are on hand to help and advise you.  

N.B. 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.  

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 (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY) 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 Visit 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.





The Archives Service will be closed for a week from Monday 29th April to Friday 3rd May and will re-open again after the May Bank Holiday on Tuesday 7th May.  We will be weeding our collections, cataloguing some of our backlog of material and improving storage conditions in our stack room.  We will endeavour to answer enquiries by email but our phones will be on answerphone so if you wish to book an appointment to visit us, we will get back to you as soon as we can.


*Difficulties with Windows 10 emails*

If you have Windows 10 email ( and have tried to contact us, whilst we have received your email, our replies are being returned to us as 'undeliverable' due to the email addresses having a glitch.  Please contact us by phone on 01234 228833 if we haven't responded to your email within three working days as we may have tried but received an undeliverable notification.


Our latest annual report for 2017-18 is now available. 


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