Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Archive Service
The role of the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service is to locate, collect and preserve archives relating to past and present life in Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent and to make them available to the people of Staffordshire and its visitors.
The Archive Service is administered under a Joint Agreement for Archive Services and is jointly funded by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke on Trent City Council. It is accountable to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Joint Archives Committee, made up of elected members of the two local Authorities, and is run according to a range of Plans, Policies and Strategies approved by the Committee.
Since November 2012 the Archive Service and the Staffordshire County Museum Service have been jointly managed as the Archives and Heritage Service. The Service is currently part of Culture, Rural and Safer Communities within the Economy Infrastructure and Skills Directorate. In the City of Stoke-on-Trent, the Archive Service forms part of the Directorate of Strategy and Resources Services.
Our Record Offices
Two record offices form the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service:
- Staffordshire Record Office
- Stoke on Trent City Archives
Records formerly held at Lichfield Record Office can now be consulted at Staffordshire Record Office. We also have family and local history sources available for Burton at Burton Family and Local History Centre in Burton Library and for Lichfield at the History Access Point in Lichfield Library. The William Salt Library in Stafford is also run closely with the Archive Service.
Temporary access restrictions
Onsite services at Staffordshire Record Office have been paused whilst the site is being redeveloped as the Staffordshire History Centre. This exciting project will create modern facilities and bring together three incredible collections from the Archive, Museum and William Salt Library. Access to collections is primarily through online resources or by provision of copies. Onsite access is limited and available on request within defined criteria. To find out more about the Staffordshire History Centre or how to access the service please visit the project blog.
Onsite services at Stoke-on-Trent City Archives have been temporarily paused whilst the service prepares to relocate to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The project will bring together City’s Archive and Museum collections together for the first time within one site. Access to collections is primarily through online resources or by provision of copies. Onsite access is limited and available on request within defined criteria. To find out more about this project please visit the moving website.