City of Doncaster Archives

City of Doncaster Archives and Local Studies services are now located on Chequer Road. Work has taken place over several years to transform the site into a bespoke collections storage and research facility. Archival collections feature historical documents dating as far back as the 1100s, books, photographs, newspapers, maps, census information, and many more resources. The resources and collections shed light on centuries of local history and cover topics including business, law, healthcare, education and politics.  We also provide advice and support to local and family history researchers. If you would like to offer us something for the City of Doncaster Archives and Local Studies collection, please see our donation page.

Detail image of a stitched document from Doncaster Archives

Opening Times

Monday: Closed

Tuesday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Wednesday: 9.30am to 4.30pm

Thursday: 9.30 to 4.30pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

Visiting Us

We strongly recommend booking an appointment as this allows us to understand what you are looking for and make sure there is a space for your visit.

We will do our best to accommodate all visitors but please be advised that we have limited space in our reading room.

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Or call us on 01302 734307

Visitor Information

City of Doncaster Archives is located in the former museum building on Chequer Road, DN1 2AE and is just a few minutes’ walk away from the Danum Gallery, Library and Museum and the Civic Office. The archives are about a 15-minute walk from the bus and railway station. The number 358 bus has a stop on Chequer Road just down the road from the City of Doncaster Archives, outside St Peter’s church. 

There is a car park immediately adjacent to the building for visitors to use. When entering from Chequer Road, please go up the small ramp and through the black gates to park in the car park next to the building. The other car park is not City of Doncaster Archives allocated parking.

The City of Doncaster Archives car park is free. Please register your vehicle registration number at reception on arrival.

Archives and Local Studies Resources

There is no charge to access and view the archives, although fees and charges do apply for copies and usage of digital cameras and smart phones. Staff are on-hand to help you identify relevant material to your enquiry.  Some, but not all, of our collections are on our online catalogue.

You can view items from our collections in our reading room. We ask visitors to use pencils only and do not consume food or drinks in the reading room. Visitors can bring laptops and there is free Wi-Fi. There are two readers for our extensive microfilm collections including local newspapers and five computers, which include library subscriptions to Ancestry and Find My Past family history websites. There is a public area with toilets, seating and lockers. 

Our contact details are:

The City of Doncaster Archives
Chequer Road
Phone: 01302 734307
Email: [email protected]