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Bury Archives Service was established in 1985 to collect the records, papers and photographs which are of cultural and historic value relating to the Borough of Bury and make them available free of charge to the public. The collections of records we hold relate all aspects of life in the Borough and are donated by the Council, local businesses, schools, churches, various clubs, societies, organisations and individuals dating from 1675 to the present day.

The Archives are part of the larger Archives & Local Studies Service which is run by Bury libraries and is situated on the bottom floor of the Art Museum on Moss Street. We have a searchroom where you can look at the records and where a member of staff is available for help and advice. The Archives reading room and Local History collection

This web site will give you more information about us, the collections we hold, the Borough's history and about what archives do. You can navigate to the different sections of this website via the blue menu on the left. There are also links to third party websites which may be of interest or help to your research. As part of Bury Council this website only has information relating to Bury Archives Service but we have provided links to other archives, related organisations or services.


Archive Roulette - 3rd May 2014

The Text Art Archive will be activated as a performance and interactive game called Archive Roulette. The Text Archive's guest curator Holly pester will be running a 'random access' session for visiting artists. During the event each participant will be given a sequence of items from the archive. The participant must create a new work in response to the selection of random archive items. This new work will then be accessioned into the archive under a new file name, Archive Roulette.