Skip Navigation

Welcome to Bedford Borough Council


Bedfordshire Archives and Records Service

To celebrate our 107th birthday our Community Archives have become Community Histories. Visit our Community Histories section to explore our new map.


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.


**5th January 2021 Update**

Archives Service closed until further notice

Following the government announcement that England is now in a national lockdown the Archives Services is closed to the public until further notice. 

In the meantime our website and online catalogue contain a wealth of information about our collections. We will do our best to answer online enquiries but without access to our collections we cannot guarantee that a full response will be possible at this time.

We will update our social media and our website as soon as we have any further information but should you need to contact us please fill out our enquiry form.


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.


Follow us on Social Media!

Social Media Logos

Follow us on Facebook as Bedfordshire Archives. We are also on Twitter and Instagram as @BedsArchives. 


Our latest annual report for 2019-2020 is now available.