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Coventry Archives

Coventry Archives houses a huge range of primary and secondary source material providing insights into the history of the city and its citizens - from medieval times to the present day.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

Entrance to Coventry Archives will be via Bayley Lane and then through the Covered court entrance side, following the route.  Exit will be via the Covered Court exit side, and through the public door at the far end leading onto Cathedral Square.

Please ensure that you have booked an appointment prior to your visit to use any of our facilities in Coventry Archives. You can do this by ringing 024 7623 7583 or email at  We are only able to provide limited numbers for research on a daily basis.  To avoid disappointment of being unable to enter it is strongly advised to follow this procedure. 

If you are looking to donate material to the archives then contact Victoria Northridge Archives Manager on 024 7623 7545.  Please do not bring donated material if you have not contacted the Archives Manager prior to your visit as you will be unable to enter.

The Archive

Coventry Archives opened in 2008 when the resources of Coventry Record Office and the local studies collection held at Central Library were brought together under one roof.

Particular highlights of the collection include our internationally important collection of medieval manuscripts giving an unrivalled glimpse into the administration of the city from its earliest recorded times. Our earliest record is dated 1182.

Our automotive collection contains a huge range of books and journals on the cycling and motoring industry in Coventry such as Motor, Autocar, Cycling, Bicycling News.

Whether you're researching for school or college projects, university dissertations, family history, the history of your house or just want to know more about our fascinating city, Coventry Archives is an invaluable free resource and an essential destination. 

Our friendly staff will be happy to help you unlock our amazing resources. We have two rooms for consulting our resources. The Reading Room is open during opening hours without an appointment and houses our family history resources, books, pamphlets newspapers, journals and Ordnance Survey maps. The Research Room is used for consulting original archive material. An appointment is necessary for this section of the centre, so we do ask that you call or email ahead to book. 

Search our Collections catalogue

You may also wish to search our online collections catalogue which covers Coventry Archives, the Herbert and Coventry Transport Museum.

Contact us:


Telephone: 024 7623 7583

Opening hours:

Coventry Archives reopens to the public from August 5 | Wednesday – Friday: 10.30am – 3.30pm

Alternate Saturdays: 10.30am – 3.30pm (Reading Room only) for 2020 

7 March, 21 March, 4 April [We are closed for Easter weekend 10-13 April], 18 April, 2 May, 16 May, 30 May, 13 June, 27 June, 11 July, 25 July, 8 August, 22 August, 19 September [Heritage weekend], 3 October, 17 October, 31 October, 14 November, 28 November, 12 December.

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Email or call us on 024 7623 7521.

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