Calderdale Archive Service

St Jude, Savile Park, Halifax.  c. 1906St Jude, Savile Park, Halifax. c. 1906

Calderdale Archive Service was established in 1964, and built on the infrastructure put in place by Halifax Museums Service, local public libraries and the Halifax Antiquarian Society.  

The Archive Service is now based in Halifax Town Centre in purpose built accommodation.  

Calderdale Archive joined the West Yorkshire Archive Service in April 1983.  

If your organisation would like to learn more about the Archive Service and the work it undertakes, many different talks can be offered to your group, which include introductory talks or specialist talks.

Resources held by the Office include documents, manuscripts, maps, newspapers and photographs.

Whether you wish to study the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, research your family history or discover more about local history, you will find the documents held of use.  

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to help should you have any questions or require assistance.

Information about Calderdale Archive Service


West Yorkshire Archive Service
Calderdale Archive Service
Central Library 
Northgate House 
HX1 1UN 

Telephone Number:

01422 392636 


For details regarding Calderdale Archives' opening hours and collections, please visit their Home Page and peruse their online catalogue, which has details of their holdings.

Collections held by the Office include:

  • Church Records
  • Family and Estate Records
  • Local Authority Records
  • Hospital and Health Records
  • Manufacturing Business Records
  • Trade Union Records

A short stay car park is available at Woolshops Shopping Centre, and also a long stay car park at North Bridge Leisure Centre, which is off North Bridge.  There are disabled spaces in front of the library.  They are 200 metres from Halifax Bus Station and 500 metres from Halifax Railway Station.

Making an appointment is advisable because the Office might be unexpectedly closed because of staffing difficulties.  You are recommended to tell them at time of booking what records you wish to consult because the staff would then be able to advise you whether you have to reserve a computer, microfiche reader or table.

No refreshments are available, but cafes and other eating establishments are nearby.

The Office offers a research service for anyone unable to visit in person.

Calderdale Archives is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages relating to Barnsley Archives, Bradford ArchivesDoncaster ArchivesKirklees ArchivesLeeds ArchivesSheffield Archives and Wakefield Archives.

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