Will I have to pay for this search?

It is free for you to access and look through our online catalogue. It is also free for you to visit the Archives Discovery Centre and view any documents of interest.

Are all the items in the catalogue available for public consultation?

Most of the archive collections are available for researchers to look at, subject to data protection. The art, archaeology and museum collections are also available in some circumstances. Email us at Archives@barnsley.gov.uk or telephone 01226 773950 for further information.

I am unable to visit Barnsley to view the documents I am interested in. Is there an alternative?

We can provide copies of most documents through the post or by email, subject to condition and copyright. Please contact us for a quote.

Do I have to make an appointment in advance?

Yes, we normally recommend that you contact us prior to your visit. With many of our collections being held off-site, notice of your visit will enable us to make sure what you require is fully available.

Do I need identification to view documents?

On your first visit, we will require you to register as one of our users. Please bring along two forms of identification to enable us to do this. One should include your address.

How can I get more information about a collection I am interested in?

Not all collections are currently included in the catalogue and many more are not listed to item level, so if you would like more details on a particular collections or item[s] please contact us and staff will be happy to help.

How does the wildcard search work?

If you are unsure of the spelling of a word you can use the wildcard. Type in the part of the word you are sure about and then put an asterisk (*) in place of the missing section. For example if you are unsure if a surname you are looking for would be spelt Cooper or Couper you could type in Co*per and all entries that have a word that begins with 'Co' and ends with 'per' will be brought up.

Can I contribute to the Catalogue?

If you have any further information about any of the items and collections, we always welcome contributions. Similarly, if you find any errors, please do let us know.

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