Archives and family history
Archives and library catalogues
Whether you are interested in the history of Bury or want to research your family history the Archives service is here to help.
We are working on merging the library and Archives catalogues but for now please search both for the records you're looking for. Before searching the catalogues, you may want to view a summary of catalogue resources.
Reference material and help with research
The Archives and family history service has books on all aspects of Bury's history. The majority of these books are for reference only but we do have a small selection that can be borrowed if you have a Bury library card. We also have a range of historical publications for sale. Additional material is available on microfilm or microfiche format. Microfilm/fiche viewers are available but must be booked in advance. You can also use our computers to search Ancestry for free. All research facilities are open during normal opening hours.
The search room
The following items can be viewed in our search room without prior appointments: maps, local publications, church record transcripts and other local history resources. You can also access scanned copies of a selection of trade directories online.
To view any of the items that are stored in our Archive please contact us to book an appointment. Wherever possible it is helpful if we have a list of the items you would like to view before your visit so that we can have everything ready for when you arrive. Archived items will not be available to be viewed without an appointment.
We can carry out research for you, for a fee. Please submit a research request online or contact us for details on the range of research options we offer. Please note: Planning-related research attracts a higher fee so we ask that you do not use the button below to request such research. Please contact us by email or telephone for this type of research.
There are several local and family history magazines available for free download.
Staff from the Archives service have worked with Council colleagues and other agencies to produce study resources utilising primary source materials from the Archives and local history collections. Please see our project work page for details of Bury Remembers the First World War, Cotton Threads, and Safety in Numbers projects.