Doncaster Archives was established in 1973, collecting and preserving documents relating to the history of Doncaster Metropolitan District. The Office also holds records of over 80 parishes making up the Archdeaconry of Doncaster.
This area extends to the East Riding and North Yorkshire in one direction, and to Barnsley and Rotherham in the other. Documents are kept in environmentally controlled strongrooms and range in date from the 1190s to the 2000s.
These resources include records of businesses, charities, courts, churches, hospitals, schools, local authorities and local societies.
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.
For details regarding their collections and their opening hours, please visit their Home Page. From this page it is possible to discover more about Doncaster Borough Charters 1194-1836 by using the left navigation. Ten Charters survive from 13 granted, and they document the rights presented to the Borough of Doncaster by the kings of England from Richard I to William IV. The oldest charter is dated 22 May 1194.
They also have an online catalogue which gives details of some of their collections. Collections held by the Office include:
The Archive is located a mile from the centre of Doncaster off the Balby Road.
Buses 10, 15, 16, 19, and X78 (First Buses), X20, 22, 220, and 221 (Stagecoach), and 18 (Powell's) follow the A630 out of Doncaster having left the Frenchgate Interchange. Visitors to the Office should leave the bus at Westfield Park and walk out of town. King Edward Road is the third road on the right.
You are required to give them notice of your intended visit to avoid disappointment because the reading room can become very busy. This is especially important if you are travelling a long distance.
Any laptop you want to use in Doncaster Archives must have a PAT (Portable Appliance Test) certificate to use their electricity supply.
You are allowed to take photographs of documents, but a charge is made to people taking advantage of this service, and you must tell a member of staff of your intention before taking any photographs.
If you wish to take photocopies of any documents, you must fill in an application form to state that you will not use the photocopies for commercial purposes. You are also required to state that no other person you are working or studying with has made a similar request.
The building is fully accessible.
The Office offers a research service for anyone unable to visit in person.
Doncaster Record Office is not a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network), so you will need to become a member of Doncaster Library and Information Service to assess the records. You will need to provide proof of identity, which can take the form of a driving licence or an official bill etc.
For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages relating to Barnsley Archives, Bradford Archives, Calderdale Archives, Kirklees Archives, Leeds Archives, Sheffield Archives and Wakefield Archives.