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Coventry Archives 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.

Charter of Incorporation (Coventry Charter)

This is the 'foundation charter' or 'charter of incorporation' for the municipal city of Coventry, written on 20 January 1345. It gave Coventry independant city status and the right to govern itself.

Letter from Queen Anne (Anne Boleyn)

This letter is from Queen Anne (Anne Boleyn) to the mayor of Coventry, dated 7 September 1533. It is the announcement of the birth of Princess Elizabeth, who later becomes Queen Elizabeth I.

Queen Elizabeth I letter

This letter was written by Queen Elizabeth I to the mayor of Coventry on 26 November 1569. It concerns Mary Queen of Scots, who was imprisoned in Coventry, probably in St Mary's Guildhall.