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Welcome to Bedford Borough Council


Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service

"WINTER" the first exhibition in our new series "Archives for all Seasons" is now on display in our reception area


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 (by appointment only)
                        5-7pm by pre-arranged appointment only (see below)
TUESDAY:       9am - 5pm (by appointment only)
WEDNESDAY: 9am - 5pm (by appointment only)
FRIDAY:          9am - 5pm (by appointment only)
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.

Would you like to join us as a volunteer? See our volunteers and work experience page.


Weaving Narratives 2020 - we will be running our successful textile art project again in 2020 with three workshops and a series of exhibitions. See our Weaving Narratives page for information and details of how to register your interest. 

Greensand Country Photo Project - we will be working with the Greensand Trust to photograph the Greensand Country for posterity.  See our Archive Events page for more details.

Our latest annual report for 2018-19 is now available. 


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We can now be followed on!/BedsArchives  for regular updates of new catalogues, web pages and events.