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Find out what's going on at the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland.

Record Office Stock Take 2014

Regular visitors will know that every year we close in October for what we call ‘stocktaking week’. This year is slightly unusual in that we shall be closed for two weeks from Saturday 27th September to Saturday 11th October inclusive.
What do we do?
Well, we do take stock – we hunt down missing documents, put our microfiche in order and carry out all those many tasks which a year’s business with our researchers generate.
However, there is much more to our closure than a simple stock-taking.  To have the building to ourselves means that we can give the place a thorough clean. Our carpets are shampooed and our microfilm readers are cleaned and polished to remove a year’s accumulated grime.
The absence of you, our public, also enables us to deploy every member of staff to tasks behind the scenes. So stock-taking week is the time when we move those huge archive collections from one store to another, when we re-box or re-package old deposits, and when newly arrived material is appraised, sorted and catalogued. It is a time when many hands really do make light work.
The fact that we can assemble everyone in one place (without the need to cater for visitors) also gives us our once-a-year chance to meet, plan, and train together. This year we have a new computerized cataloguing system to get to grips with as well as a refresher in the implications of the information legislation which binds us as much as it does you.
Why are we closing for an additional week?
In part this is because we now have additional storage at our out-store on the County Hall site. This year we have received unprecedented quantities of new records as a result of the relocation of City Council offices in Leicester. There include a superb collection of photographs of city streets from the 1950s to the 1980s. Our additional closure will enable us to make these available from 13th October.
At Long Street we have also neglected many back-room functions in order to maintain our high level of front-line service. This closure is our chance to catch up. New accessions will be processed, large new deposits boxed and shelved, and many crates of local studies material received from county libraries sorted.
The extended closure is not ideal but we can guarantee that we shall reopen cleaner, brighter and better able to deal with your research needs.
Telephone calls and written enquiries
If you would like to request information from us during this time you are still welcome to do so in writing or via email (recordoffice@leics.gov.uk). Telephone calls will be answered although there may be delays as staff will be working in different parts of the building. We will not be able to answer enquiries over the phone but can deal with requests for information about our services.

The Record Office Mobilizes! - Open Day Saturday 28th June

On Saturday 28th June the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland will be holding an open day to commemorate the event that triggered the start of World War One: the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand at Sarajevo exactly 100 years earlier.
In addition to the launch of a new exhibition recalling the events of 1914, there will be talks, displays of original archives, contemporary music, and an opportunity to ‘join up’ for the local; Defence League. The highlight will be a dramatic reconstruction of the assassination itself, showing how events unfolded exactly one hundred years before.
The day also aims to find volunteers to tell their own family stories of the war as part of Leicestershire County Council’s Heritage Lottery funded project A Century of Stories.
Councillor Richard Blunt, Lead Member for Heritage, Leisure and Arts said: “we hope many people will attend the open day and find out more about Leicestershire’s role in the early months of the war. We want people to come forward and share their own histories more widely to help everyone who now lives in the county to find their own personal connection to the momentous events one hundred years ago.”
The Record Office is based on Long Street in Wigston Magna and will be open from 10-3 on Saturday 28th June. The Open Day is free, but there may be a small charge for some activities.

CD Index No. 4 now available

Leicestershire Criminal, Prison & Bastardy Records

Prisoner Photographs

Indexes to County Quarter Sessions calendars of prisoners and criminal cases, 1770-1901 and bastardy cases, 1681-1874 plus Indexes to County & Leicester Borough Prison records, c1866-1932
Containing over 45,000 entries from surviving records held in the Record Office
Price: (CD no 4 and CDs 1-3 below) £15 each or by post (UK £17 for 1 CD, £33 for 2 CDs, for 3 or more CDs or international postage - please enquire) cheques payable to "Leicestershire County Council".

Other CD Indexes available at the Record Office

CD No 1  


Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland Indexes to Nonconformist Baptisms 1706-c.1921 and Burials 1663-1978
Containing over 100,000 entries from 435 original registers held on deposit or on microfilm/microfiche
For indexes of the coverage of place names and dates, please click on the files below:
Baptism Index    Burial Index

CD No 2


Leicester Poor Law Union Indexes to Admission and Discharge Records 1875-1921
Containing over 127,000 entries from original registers held in the Record Office for:
Leicester Workhouse 1875-1905
Receiving Home 1906-1921 (children born before 1911)
Countesthorpe Cottage Homes 1884-1911

CD No 3


Leicestershire Workhouses Indexes to Admission and Discharge Records 1836-1912
Containing over 56,000 entries from surviving registers held in the Record Office for the following Poor Law Unions:
Ashby-de-la-Zouch 1836-1912*
Barrow-upon-Soar 1884-1912
Blaby 1911-1912
Hinckley 1901-1912
Lutterworth [report books] 1855-1912*
Market Harborough 1903-1912
*A few gaps in years. Please click here for a list of registers indexed on the CD.

Explore Your Archive

Explore Your Archive is a national campaign aimed at all archive services throughout the UK and Ireland. The key message is to raise public awareness of the essential role and value of archives to society as a whole and to demonstrate the impact they can have on  individual lives
For further details please click on the following link: Explore Your Archive

Page Last Updated: 25 September 2014