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Welcome to Bedford Borough Council


Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service

Our final Vote 100 exhibition on Bedfordshire's parliamentary representatives is on display in our reception area until January 9th


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.  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 (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.




*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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