There are three main record offices in Hampshire, with the county office based at Winchester.
Hampshire Record Office is part of Hampshire County Council's Museums and Archives section of the Recreation and Heritage department. The office collects records of all kinds: minute books, letters, diaries, accounts, title deeds, maps, prints and drawings and they come in an increasing variety of formats: paper, parchment, film, audio tape and digital files. The collecting policy embraces all archives relating to Hampshire and Hampshire families, except those relating exclusively or primarily to Portsmouth or Southampton, as the record offices located there collect these.
Hampshire Record Office holds records of Local government; Hampshire County Council; borough and district councils; parish councils. The diocese of Winchester and Church of England parishes; other churches and chapels; private individuals and families. Businesses, societies, schools, charities and many other organisations.
Address: Hampshire Record Office, Sussex Street, Winchester SO23 8TH
Tel: 01962 846154/846148
Fax: 01962 878681
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thurday 9am to 8pm (for a trial period)
Friday 9am to 5pm
Saturday from 9am to 4pm
The Portsmouth Family History Centre
Now amalgamated with the Portsmouth Central Library in Guildhall Square.
Address: Portsmouth Central Library,
Portsmouth PO1 2DX
Telephone: 023 9268 8046
Opening times: Mondays 10am to 7pm
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9am to 7pm
Thursdays 9am to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 3pm
Southampton Archives Office holds records, maps, photos, manuscripts, deeds, voters' lists - starting at 1199 and coming right up to date. The office collects, catalogues and conserves archival material for the City of Southampton
Address: Southampton City Archives, Southampton City Council, South Block, Civic Centre SO14 7LY.
Tel: 023 8083 2251
Fax: 023 8083 2156
Opening times: Tuesdays to Thursdays 10am to 4pm
There is also a wealth of information covering a vast array of subjects in the Local Studies sections in the many branches of the Hampshire County Libraries for which the telephone numbers can be found in local telephone directories.
Hampshire County Museums
There are museums in various parts of Hampshire which also contain research information on such subjects as local history, directories, parish registers etc. They are as follows:
Aldershot Military Museum in Queens Avenue, Aldershot GU11 2LG which is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Telephone: 01252 314598.
The Allen Gallery at 10-12, Church Street, Alton GU34 2BW which is open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Telephone: 01420 82802.
Andover Museum at 6, Church Close, Andover SP10 1DP and open from Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Telephone: 01264 366283.
Eastleigh Museum at 25, High Street, Eastleigh SO50 5LF which is open from Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Telephone 023 8064 3026.
Havant Heritage Centre as part of The Spring, 56 East Street, Havant PO9 1BS. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Telephone: 023 9245 1155.
Westbury Manor Museum, 84, West Street, Fareham PO16 0JJ and open from Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm. Closed Mondays. Telephone: 01329 824895