Introduction

The North Somerset Archive Service offers easier access to services for people who live in North Somerset.  An archivist visits Weston super Mare Library on Thursdays, approximately quarterly, in order to:

  • Help people find out about the past, with information on how to find out about family, house and local history
  • Provide information on the archives held at the Somerset Heritage Centre
  • Bring microfiche for people to study, and documents from the archive strongrooms when appropriate

Documents relating to North Somerset can be viewed during normal open hours in the public searchroom at the Somerset Heritage Centre.

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North Somerset Archivist Visits

If you would like to look at original documents or microfiche held at the Somerset Heritage Centre, please contact us in good time before the visit date.  Due to social distancing measures limited spaces are available, if you would like to attend, please email us by Thursday 10th December with your list of document/fiche requests.  Please also tell us if you would rather attend the morning or the afternoon session, if we have to limit users to one or the other.  We will then email you on Friday 11th December to confirm your place, to answer your questions, and provide details about how the service will run in a Covid-secure way.

New users will be asked to register with the South West Heritage Trust to gain a readers’ ticket, and to ensure that researchers can be kept up to date with the latest Trust news.  Please bring some form of ID containing your name, current address and signature (e.g. a driving licence), so that we can issue you with one of our readers’ tickets.

Copies of Documents

The archivist will bring as many documents as is feasible, but space is limited.  In any instance where the original cannot be brought, it may be possible to bring copies of the document to enable research.  Charges will apply if you would like to keep the copies.

Copies of loose sheet documents can be made at Weston super Mare Library during the visit.  You can bring a digital camera to take photographs of documents.  You will need to purchase a photographic licence for the day before taking any photographs.

See our North Somerset Archive Service Leaflet for more information.