Herts Archives & Local Studies

Herts Archives & Local Studies Sharing Hertfordshire's Past

At Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies you can discover 1000 years of local history.

Here you will find an archive reading room in which you can access original documents and in the adjacent local studies library we have a huge collection books, journals, maps and images.

Search our catalogue and index via our website below. You can also find out about our events and exhibitions programme, outreach and other services.

You are welcome to come without an appointment and there are no charges to read our documents.

Opening Hours
Mon Closed
Tue 09.00-17:00*
Wed 09.00 - 17.00
Thur 09.00 - 17.00
Fri 09.00 - 12.30
Sat 10.00 - 14.00 (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month)
Sun Closed

* (1st Tuesday of the month to 19:30 by appointment)

To join the mailing list, please contact hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk

View my website https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/hertfordshire-archives-and-local-studies/hertfordshire-archives-and-local-studies.aspx

My Location


Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies
Register Office Block
County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford
SG13 8EJ

Telephone: 030 0123 4049
Email: hals.enquiries@hertfordshire.gov.uk
Website: https://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/services/libraries-and-archives/hertfordshire-archives-and-local-studies/hertfordshire-archives-and-local-studies.aspx

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My Events

CANCELLED Family Tree Detectives: Children&apos;s Lives / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-11-17T00:00:00Z">Tue 17 Nov 2020</span>CANCELLED Family Tree Detectives: Children's Lives / Tue 17 Nov 2020

CANCELLED Together we'll explore a huge range of records than can shed light on children's lives in the past. These include school records, Poor Law,...

CANCELLED Missing Ancestors / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-11-10T00:00:00Z">Tue 10 Nov 2020</span>CANCELLED Missing Ancestors / Tue 10 Nov 2020

CANCELLED A follow on sesson to Getting Started with Family History, this workshop helps you discover those tricky missing ancestors on your family t...

CANCELLED Getting Started with Family History / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-10-13T00:00:00Z">Tue 13 Oct 2020</span>CANCELLED Getting Started with Family History / Tue 13 Oct 2020

CANCELLED The Senior Librarian for Local Studies will guide you through the essential research resources for taking your first steps in family histor...

My Opportunities

Battle of Britain Online Exhibition / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-07-08T00:00:00Z">Thu 08 Jul 2021</span>Battle of Britain Online Exhibition / Thu 08 Jul 2021

The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. After the evacuation of the British Expe...

Free Family History Surgery / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2020-07-15T00:00:00Z">Wed 15 Jul 2020</span>Free Family History Surgery / Wed 15 Jul 2020

Trying to research your family history but not sure where to start? Don't know what records are available, or hit a brick wall? Let our staff help! Wh...

Make your own Brent Pelham Dragon / <span itemprop="startDate" content="2021-12-12T00:00:00Z">Sun 12 Dec 2021</span>Make your own Brent Pelham Dragon / Sun 12 Dec 2021

Piers Shonks was the Lord of Brent Pelham, a small village in East Hertfordshire, not far from Buntingford. Legend has it that a dragon lived in a cav...