The archive collections provide an insight into the lives of people who lived and worked in Lancashire from the 12th century to the present day.

They include illuminated manuscripts and charters, drawings and photographs, letters and diaries, a letter of Queen Elizabeth I to the emperor of Cathay, Humphry Repton's Red Book for the grounds of Lathom Hall, Sir Charles Barry's architectural drawings for Gawthorpe Hall, and the archives of Abbott and Co, stained glass manufacturers of Lancaster.

Lancashire Archives

Free to all

Lancashire Record Office, Bow Lane, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2RE

01772 533039


Opening times

Mon, Wed, Fri, 9am – 5pm
Tue, 9am – 8.30pm
Thu, 10am – 5pm
Second Saturday in each month 10am – 4pm

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