Archives and Local Studies

Explore 800 years of history with Doncaster Archives and Local Studies.

Archives & Local Studies collect and preserve historical and contemporary information relating to the borough of Doncaster dating as far back as the 12th century.

Our collections feature historical documents, books, photographs, newspapers, maps, census information, and many more resources shedding light on centuries of local history and covering topics such as business, law, healthcare, education and politics.  We also provide advice and support to people researching local and family history.

Images form archives and local studies collections

The Local Studies Library, located within Doncaster Central Library on Waterdale, holds historical resources relating to Doncaster and its surrounding area. We provide access to a range of publications and services, including local history material, electoral registers, copies of completed planning applications, assistance with family history research and access to online genealogy resources and much more.   Find out more about visiting and using the Local Studies Library.

Doncaster Archives preserves the district’s historical documents and ensures they are available for consultation by the public in our public reading room on King Edward Road.  Collections include records relating to local government in Doncaster, churches, landed estates, businesses, hospitals and courts.  Find out more about visiting and using Doncaster Archives.