Leeds Archive Service

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Leeds Archive Service holds many resources which include business records, documents, family and estate records, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs and political papers.  

They are located approximately 2.5km from Morley Railway Station.

Whether you wish to trace your family history, study the history of a house, conduct research for a school, college or university assignment, or discover more about your local area, 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.  

If you are unsure of the reference of the document you wish to consult, the staff can send you details of the collections you are interested in.

The Office is prepared to give talks to organisations wishing to learn more about the Archive Service, in which they explain the work they undertake and raise awareness of their collections.

Contact Information for Leeds Archive Service


West Yorkshire Archive Service, Leeds
Leeds Archive Service
West Yorkshire Joint Service
Nepshaw Lane South
LS27 7JQ

Telephone Number:

0113 393 9788

E-Mail Address: 



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

Collections held by the Office include:

  • Church Records
  • Local Authority Records
  • Hospital and Health Records
  • Manufacturing Business Records
  • Registry of Deeds - copies of deeds 1704-1970
  • Trade Union Records

Location and Directions

There are a limited number of free car parking spaces available for visitors to the Archive.


Making an appointment is advisable before visiting because some documents are held off-site and the search-room might be unexpectedly closed because of staffing difficulties.  

You are recommended to tell Leeds Archives which documents you want to access because staff can inform you if you need to book a microfiche reader, computer or table.

Documents need to be ordered before you visit.


The building is fully accessible to researchers in wheelchairs.

Searchroom can be cold

The search-room can become quite cool when the weather is cold. It is suggested that you might like to bring extra jumpers or cardigans with you when visiting.


Refreshments are not offered for sale at Leeds Archive but your own refreshments can be consumed in the rest area.  

Public lockers are also provided.

Research Service

If you are unable to get to Leeds Archives in person, they offer a research service.

Readers' Tickets

Leeds Record Office is a member of the CARN (County Archive Research Network).

For further information regarding other Record Offices in Yorkshire, please visit my pages regarding Barnsley Archives, Bradford Archives, Calderdale Archives, Doncaster Archives, Kirklees Archives, Sheffield City Archives and Wakefield Archives.

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