Archives and Local History

Setting the Record Straight:
Helping you to explore York’s incredible history

From 15 April 2024, Explore York will be closing the Archives Reading Room for three days a month so that staff can focus on improving access to our wonderful collections.

The Setting the Record Straight project will:
– implement a comprehensive review of our collections information, improving, expanding and enriching our online catalogue;
– carry out further preventative conservation measures on select items;
– create generous online information about our collections, providing contextual details and signposting researchers to related material.

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