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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.

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Visit our virtual photography exhibition Filling the Archives Gap 


 **6th April 2021 Update**

Archives Service reopening Monday 12th April

Following the government announcement that services can reopen on Monday 12th April, we are now accepting bookings.   

We will still have our Covid restrictions in place to ensure our staff and visitors remain safe - please read our Covid guidelines before booking and before visiting.

Due to limited staff numbers onsite we won't be answering phone calls so should you need to contact us please fill out our enquiry form.


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.

Please do check our catalogue before sending an enquiry, as you may well be able to find the answer to your question there.

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

Follow us on Social Media!

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

Our latest annual report for 2020-2021 is now available.