Coventry History Centre is the place to research local and family history, using large collections of historical material, including the City's Archives. 

The History Centre collects and cares for both historical and modern records. These reflect the diversity of the past and present experiences of Coventry's citizens. Whatever your interests, we have material that will bring you closer to history as it happened. 

Archives are a unique record of the past. They come in many shapes and forms, from parchment, paper documents, books and photographs to sound recordings and digital records. Visit us to see if we can help you find the answers to your research questions.

Find out more about how to access Coventry's Archives in our History Centre pages.

  • Charter of Incorporation (Coventry Charter)

    Charter of Incorporation (Coventry Charter)

    This is the Coventry Charter, dating to 1345

  • Letter from Queen Anne (Anne Boleyn)

    Letter from Queen Anne (Anne Boleyn)

    This letter from Queen Anne (Anne Boleyn) dated 1533 announces the birth of Princess Elizabeth

  • Queen Elizabeth I letter

    Queen Elizabeth I letter

    This letter was written by Queen Elizabeth I to the mayor of Coventry in 1596

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