Doncaster Archives

The documents held at the Archives are available to view in our public reading room on King Edward Road. We recommend that you make an appointment to guarantee a seat in the reading room as space is limited.

We hold the records of local government in Doncaster from 1194 to the 21st century. These feature a dozen royal charters, building control plans, and records of local schools and colleges.
The Archives also has records from the 90-plus parishes of the archdeaconry of Doncaster going back to 1538, estate papers of the local gentry, business records from the Plant and other major employers, and records of the various local courts and hospitals.

1194 charter

We can provide photocopies of many of the documents in our care but some are subject to certain restrictions (for example, we are unable to provide copies of parish register entries). Get in touch to find out if a document can be copied or photographed (charges apply).  We are happy to offer advice on the preservation of records and, if appropriate, to accept records into the Archives to ensure their safekeeping.

The Reading Room
Records are produced on request in the reading room during opening hours. A large proportion of the parish registers held by Doncaster Archives have been transcribed and are available on open access.  Many registers are also available on microfiche.

If you plan to visit the Archives to carry out historical research and view our records in person, please contact us to book a space as the reading room can get very busy at times.  We also offer a research service for those unable to visit the archives.  Find out more about our research service charges.

Copies of certificates

If you require evidence of your own baptism, Doncaster Archives can issue a copy certificate for any baptism conducted within the Church of England’s archdeaconry of Doncaster. Copies of certificates for post-1837 marriages conducted in the protestant non-conformist churches of the borough of Doncaster as well as in the archdeaconry’s churches can be provided. The Archives can also issue printed, certified copies of all other entries in the deposited parish registers. Please contact the Archives staff for information about the dates covered by the deposited registers and to order any certificates.

The archives service is open to all – the only requirement is a library card which you can sign up for, for free, at the archives or in any library in Doncaster.

Search the archives catalogue online at the top of this page to find out more about our records.