Bath Record Office will reopen on 29 September. For more information please visit our reopening information page.

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Two researchers in the Record Office searchroom.


Welcome back to the Record Office after over six months of closure - we've missed you!

Due to the current situation we have made changes to the way we operate, including rigorous cleaning of public spaces and quarantine systems for documents.

We are now issuing all visitors with membership cards. These are free (although replacement cards will incur a small fee). When you book your visit, your details will be used so that we issue you with your card when you arrive at the Record Office. Please see here for further details about our new membership card system.

You will notice other changes too, including hand-sanitiser stations, screens, signage and floor guides, which are intended to ensure a safe environment for visitors and staff.

Please see our reopening page and FAQs for further guidance.


Essential Information

• An appointment must be made at least 48 hours before visiting

• Documents and books should be pre-ordered where possible

• Contact information must be provided at the point of booking

• Please bring identification with you on your first visit once we have reopened.


Please do not book if you live in a local lockdown area, if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19), if you are awaiting a test result, or if you have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace.