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Coventry Archives

Coventry Archives & Research Centre


Due to staffing levels and sickness we, unfortunately, are unable to take any bookings for our Research Room at this present time. As soon as this situation is resolved we will provide an update, in the meantime thank you for your understanding and patience

Coventry Archives & Research Centre is the new name for Coventry History Centre. It opened in 2008 when the resources of Coventry Record Office and the local studies collection held at Central Library were brought together under one roof.

It houses a huge range of primary and secondary source material providing insights into the history of the city and its citizens from medieval times to the present day.

Particular highlights include our internationally important collection of medieval manuscripts giving an unrivalled glimpse into the administration of the city from its earliest recorded times. Our earliest record is dated 1182.

Our automotive collection contains a huge range of books and journals on the cycling and motoring industry in Coventry such as Motor, Autocar, Cycling, Bicycling News.

Whether you're researching for school or college projects, university dissertations, family history, the history of your house or just want to know more about our fascinating city, Coventry Archives & Research Centre is an invaluable free resource and an essential destination. 

Our friendly staff will be happy to help you unlock our amazing resources. We have two rooms for consulting our resources. The Reading Room is open during opening hours without appointment and houses our family history resources, books, pamphlets newspapers, journals and Ordnance Survey maps. The Research Room is used for consulting original archive material. An appointment is necessary.


Contact us:


Telephone: 024 7623 7583

Opening hours:

Wednesday – Friday 10.30am – 3.30pm
Alternate Saturdays 10.30am – 3.30pm (Reading Room only):

4 February, 4 March, 18 March, 1 April, 15 April, 29 April, 13 May, 27 May, 10 June, 24 June, 8 July, 22 July, 5 August, 19 August, 2 September, 16 September, 30 September, 14 October, 28 October, 11 November, 25 November, 9 December,


Contact us

Email or call us on 024 7623 7521.

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