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Coventry Archives

Want to donate material to Coventry Archives? 

Coventry Archives will always collect material that it has a statutory duty to acquire generated by Coventry City council and other local authority offices.  We also wish to collect archive items that reflect the history of Coventry and the lives and experiences of all different groups of people, both past and present.

We collect original:

  • Paper and parchment manuscripts
  • Printed and published material including books, pamphlets, newspapers, and periodicals
  • Photographs, slides and negatives, both published and unpublished
  • Maps: Ordnance Survey and those with specialist data
  • Building plans
  • Audio/Audio Visual recordings on film, DVD, video tape and CD or computer generated
  • Computer-generated records

We do not collect:

  • Photocopies of original material
  • Any objects – please speak to the Museum Curators separately
  • Any material that is outside of the geographical boundary of Coventry
  • Any material that is of a poor condition, unless it is deemed to be of historical significance

If you think you have items which would fit well in the Coventry Archives collection, please get in touch via email or telephone. We will then be able to check your material against our collection. If we are able to accept your donation, we will send you a Donations Form to complete.

To make a donation enquiry, please contact the Archives Manager, Paramjit Sehmi, by telephone on 024 7623 7545 or by email at

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