What's in our archives

How do I search your catalogue and view items?

You can search our online catalogue to find items you would like to view at the archives service within the Treasure House

Please note: Due to essential upgrade work on our system, the online catalogue is currently unavailable.

We apologise for any inconvenience and hope to restore online access as soon as possible. 

You should follow these steps when searching the catalogue:

  • Find an item that you would like to view
  • Make a note of the item's finding number

Please note: The online catalogue does not display the original item itself.  

Items are viewed for free at the archives service within the Treasure House.

A selection of historic photographs and postcards can also be viewed online on our Flickr account:

East Riding Archives on Flickr (external website)

For more information about searching our catalogue visit the Using the online archives catalogue page.

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What records do you hold?

The archives and local studies service holds documents and books about the East Riding of Yorkshire dating from the 12th century to the present day. They cover a wide range of subjects and have come from many different organisations and local people, including major family, estate and business archives.

Below is a list of the types of records that are available. Please click an item for more information:

East Riding Quarter Sessions

The East Riding Quarter Sessions were the quarterly meetings of the Justices of the Peace in the County. They survive from the 17th century, and from the 18th century contain detailed records of crimes committed. As well as handling crime and justice, the Quarter Sessions had a wide range of other duties. They administered county roads and bridges, prisons, poor relief, the police, lunatic asylums, alehouses, elections and religious meeting places.

East Riding Register of Deeds

The East Riding Register of Deeds was established in 1708 and contains copies of deeds for the East Riding and Hull up to April 1974. The Register is a valuable source for legal searches, house history and family history.

Please note: The registers are indexed but you will need to know the name of the buyer or seller of a property to use them.

The following pdf document provides information on how to use Register of Deeds.

Using the East Riding Register of Deeds leaflet (pdf 34kb opens in a new window)

Local Government records

We hold records from all of the old local authorities in the East Riding, ranging from the archives of ancient medieval boroughs like Beverley and Hedon, to recent records of local government.

These include:

  • Nineteenth century Local Boards of Health
  • Rural Sanitary Authorities and Highway Boards
  • Humberside County Council 1974-1996
  • East Riding County Council 1889-1974
  • Borough Councils 1974-1996
  • Urban and Rural District Councils 1895-1974.

Other archives of local government include:

  • Poor Law Unions 1834-1930
  • Public Assistance Committees 1930-1948
  • School Boards 1870-1903
  • Parish Councils 1889-current.

There are also records of Burial Boards and other cemetery records containing registers of persons buried.

Cemetery records

We have records of cemeteries including registers of people buried. These are records of cemeteries run by a local or parish council.

Records of people buried in church graveyards are held in the parish registers.

The following pdf document is a list of cemetery records we hold.

Cemetery records leaflet (pdf 38kb opens in new window)

There are also cemetery records held by the cemeteriesservice.

Other cemeteries are run by Parish Councils.

School records

We hold archives from East Riding schools and also some schools in Hull that used to be run by Humberside County Council.

School archives often contain the head teacher’s log books, with a daily record of school life, and admission registers.

The archives of the East Riding County Council also have information about schools, such as reports of inspectors or plans of school buildings.

We also hold a series of school grant plans 1844-1873.

We have archives from two independent schools:

  • Pocklington School 1525-1972
  • Marist (Roman Catholic) College, Hull 1925-1988.

There are also archives from two reformatory schools:

  • Castle Howard Reformatory School, Hull 1894-1987
  • St Williams Community Home (formerly Yorkshire Catholic Reform School) 1849-1991.

Public records

Public records are the archives of national government that are kept locally.

These include records of:

  • The Hull and East Riding Coroner 1853-1994 (containing registers of deaths)
  • Local courts (such as Magistrates Courts and Petty Sessions 1841-1992)
  • Health Authorities and Hospitals from 1948, including the archives of East Riding County Asylum (Broadgates Hospital) from 1871
  • Accounts of local charities
  • Registers of ships for Bridlington 1786-1847 and Goole 1828-1994.

Other official records

There are lots of other official archives.

There are records of bodies that carried out drainage schemes such as:

  • Commissioners of Sewers 1587-1933
  • Drainage Commissioners 1764-1958
  • Drainage Boards 1936-1992.

Please note:  We do not hold archives of the armed forces, which are kept at The National Archives in Kew, London but we do have records of:

  • East Riding Lieutenancy and militia 1756-1915
  • Territorial and Auxiliary Forces 1907-1964.

If you are interested in the home front during the Second World War we have archives of:

  • The local Home Guard 1940-1944
  • Civil Defence 1938-1960s.

There are also records of:

  • Turnpike trust roads 1765-1871
  • Licensing of motor vehicles in the East Riding 1905-1976.

Police records

We hold the archives of Humberside Police, which also include the records of:

  • East Riding Constabulary 1856-1974
  • Hull City Police 1836-1974.

Religious records

We hold the parish registers and other records for parishes in the East Riding Archdeaconry, which includes Hull and Scarborough but excludes some parts of the East Riding.

Parish registersrecord the names of people baptised, married and buried in the parish. Parish archives do have a lot of information about the social life of the parish and can include documents about poor relief, looking after roads and local constables.

We also hold records of nonconformist churches such as Methodists, Baptists and Congregationalist and some Quaker records. Registers from some Catholic churches are also available on microfiche.

Family and estate records

We hold a large number of important collections of East Riding family and estate records as well as solicitors’ archives containing family and estate records.

These archives contain a wide variety of subject matter. There may be deeds of the estates, manorial records and records of the management of the estate. There can be documents about a family’s social, political, religious or sporting interests and about their military service or travel abroad.

Businesses, societies and other private records

We hold many other collections of privately deposited or donated records. These include the archives of:

  • Businesses
  • Clubs and societies
  • Political groups
  • Trade unions
  • Charities
  • Smaller collections of family papers.

Examples of this type of record are the archives of:

  • Hodgson’s tannery, Beverley 1812-1975
  • Keyingham Friendly Society 1830-1997
  • East Riding branch of the National Farmers Union 1918-1988.


We hold a wide variety of maps for the East Riding.

The following pdf leaflet provides a list of some of the maps we hold.

Maps guide (pdf 25kb opens in new window)

Ordnance Survey maps covering the East Riding are available on:

  • 6 inch to 1 mile scale circa 1855-1950s
  • 25 inch to 1 mile scale circa 1890-1927
  • 2.5 inch to 1 mile scale, 1:10,000 and 1:2,500 post 1945.

The Treasure House 'Archive Maps' page provides access to historic Ordnance Survey maps held by the East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service. The collection of over 2000 historic Ordnance Survey maps covering the period 1855-1929 has been digitised to provide online access.

Archive Maps (external East Riding website)

We also hold enclosure maps dating from the mid-18th century, tithe maps 1837-1929, and estate maps, the earliest of which date from the early 18th century.

Many of these can be viewed as digital images in our research room.

Electoral registers

We hold a large collection of electoral registers. These registers contain lists of people who were able to vote and date from 1832.

Books, pamphlets and journals

We hold a wide range of books and pamphlets covering Beverley and the East Riding, but also representing Yorkshire, Humberside, North Riding, West Riding, Hull and York. A range of local and regional journals are also available.


We hold local newspapers dating from the 18th century to the present day, covering most of the historic East Riding.

Newspapers are held either on microfilm or in bound volumes (where a microfilm version does not exist).

Trade directories

We hold a collection of trade directories for the East Riding and some for the North Riding, dating from 1791-1939.

Arranged by place, trade directories provide historical information about a place and listings of businesses and some individuals.

Poll books

Poll books contain the names of individuals who voted in elections and who they voted for.

We hold poll books for elections in:

  • Yorkshire 1741 and 1807
  • East Riding 1837 and 1868
  • Beverley 1784-1868.

Other poll books are also held in the Archive collection.

Parish magazines

We hold a good collection of parish magazines mainly covering the 20th century. Other copies of parish magazines can be found in parish records in the archives.

Postcards and photographs

We hold an extensive collection of postcards of Beverley and East Riding towns and villages and a collection of photographs including a number of aerial views.

You can now follow us on our East Riding Archives Flickraccount to view selected images online:

Flickr (external website)


We hold a large collection of posters and printed material including:

  • Beverley play bills circa 1790- circa 1854
  • Election posters circa 1790-1868
  • Posters and programmes for various dates.

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What parish registers do you hold?

Church of England registers

Church of England churches keep records of baptisms, marriages and burials. These are not the same as birth or death certificates.

We hold registers of baptisms, marriages and burials from churches in the East Riding Archdeaconry.

This is a church area which does not match the area of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council. It includes Hull and Scarborough.

Please note: The records of some churches in the East Riding are held elsewhere.

The following document is a list of the parish registers we hold.

Parish register list (pdf 47kb opens in new window)

Nonconformist and Roman Catholic registers

We also have registers and records from other churches and chapels. These are from nonconformist churches, which are not part of the Church of England.

These include:

  • Baptist churches
  • Methodist churches
  • Congregational and United Reformed churches
  • Some Roman Catholic churches (available on microfiche only)

The following document is a list of non Church of England registers we hold.

Non Church of England register list (pdf 46kb opens in new window)

Searching the registers

Most of the parish registers we hold can be seen on microfiche in our research room. This saves the original registers from damage.

To look at parish registers or enquire about bookinga microfiche reader please contact us by completing the  archives service request form (opens in new window)

Where else to find parish registers

We do not hold all the parish registers for the East Riding. When a parish is in another archdeaconry it's records are held at another archive office.  These are:

Borthwick Institute, York (external website)

Doncaster Archives (external website)

North Yorkshire County Record Office (external website)

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Do you hold birth, marriage or death certificates?

Birth, marriage and death certificates were introduced in 1837. Before then, records were kept by churches of baptism, marriages and burials.

Births and deaths are recorded by Register Offices.

To find out how to get copies of birth, marriage and death certificates, visit the copies of registration certificatespage. 

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Can you help me with house or property history?

We have local history books and documents that can help you with the history of a house or property.

We also hold the archive of the East Riding Register of Deeds, which kept copies of deeds for houses and properties in the East Riding and Hull from 1704 to 1974.

Tracing the history of a house or property and finding out about the people who lived there can be fascinating. It can also be time-consuming because you often need to look at a lot of books and documents.

It is usually best to start with known facts about your house and work backwards in time step by step.  You should start with books first and find out what you can before you start looking at documents.

The following is a leaflet about tracing the history of your house.

Tracing the history of your house leaflet (pdf 42kb opens in new window)

We have a large collection of local books and town and village histories.

There are lots of documents that can help you trace the history of a house such as:

  • Maps
  • Directories
  • Censuses
  • Electoral registers
  • Local rate books and tax lists
  • Deeds
  • Estate records
  • Building registers and plans
  • Photographs (Follow us on Flickr).

An important archive for finding out about the history of a house or property is the East Riding Register of Deeds.

This was started in 1708 and kept copies of deeds for the East Riding and Hull up to April 1974. The East Riding Register of Deeds is also important for legal searches as well as the history of properties.

The following is a leaflet about how to use the Register of Deeds.

Using the East Riding Register of Deeds leaflet (pdf 33kb opens in new window)

There are local studies libraries in Bridlington Library and Goole Library that have books and local collections that might help you with the history of a house or property in those places.

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Do you have film and sound archives?

We currently hold over 800 different film and sound archive recordings for the East Riding.

A special area in the archives and local studies research roomhas been set aside for visitors to look at digital archives, including film and sound recordings.

You can search our online catalogue, using any of the words 'film', 'video', 'sound' or 'audio' to see what items are available.

Archive videos available to view online

You can also view some of our archive videos online by visiting the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s YouTube channel:

East Riding Council channel - YouTube (external website)

Recently uploaded videos

New videos are uploaded regularly to the YouTube channel so keep checking back. You can view some of our latest videos below:

Happenings In Beverley (1960s)

Happenings In Beverley (1960s) video - YouTube (external website)

Re-mastered: 'A Drive Through Beverley in the swinging sixties' (1964)

Re-mastered: 'A Drive Through Beverley in the swinging sixties' (1964) video - YouTube (external website)

Lyons Grocers, Market Weighton (1957)

Lyons Grocers, Market Weighton (1957) video - YouTube (external website)

Sanctuary! (1937)

Sanctuary! (1937) video - YouTube (external website) 

Disaster on the Humber (1921)

Disaster on the Humber (1921) video - YouTube (external website) 

Saturday Market Shopping (1965)

Saturday Market Shopping (1965) video - YouTube (external website) 

The Dawn of Diesel - Withernsea to Hull railway (1957)

The Dawn of Diesel - Withernsea to Hull railway (1957) video - YouTube (external website)

The Streets of Beverley in the Sixties (1960s)

The Streets of Beverley in the Sixties (1960s) video - YouTube (external website)

In The Romantic Days Of The Early Victorian Era (1937)

In The Romantic Days Of The Early Victorian Era (1937) video - YouTube (external website) 

A Beverley High School Day (1984)

A Beverley High School Day (1984) video - YouTube (external website) 

Collecting Books for the Forces (1944)

Collecting Books for the Forces (1944) video - YouTube (external website) 

'School Athletics' at Marist College, Hull (1964)

School Athletics at Marist College, Hull (1964) video - YouTube (external website) 

'A Drive Through Beverley in the swinging sixties' (1964)

A Drive Through Beverley video - YouTube (external website)

Market Weighton Railway Station and its demolition (1965-1979)

Market Weighton Railway Station and its demolition video - YouTube (external website)

'This Is Humberside' former Humberside County Council promotional video (1993)

This Is Humberside video - YouTube (external website)

Elsie Yates on life as a female police constable during the Second World War

Elsie Yates audio - YouTube (external website)

‘The Man With The Notebook’ road safety film (1946)

The Man with the Notebook video - YouTube (external website)

Ghostbusters UK short documentary about a local paranormal investigation unit (1993)

Ghostbusters UK video - YouTube (external website)

Beverley’s old Friary Gate on the move, Eastgate, Beverley (14th June 1964) 

Beverley's Old Friary Gate video - YouTube (external website)


Videos are available on a variety of subjects, including:

  • local towns and villages
  • local industries
  • railways
  • local events.


Various audio recordings are held here, including:

  • oral history interviews with local people
  • audio books
  • local music
  • church services.

Documents and photographs (digital)

The archives and local studies service currently holds over 140,000 files in digital format.  A large number of these can be viewed in the research roomand include:

  • trade directories
  • maps
  • archaeology reports
  • photographs.


To view the film, sound and digital documents you can visit us.

We strongly advise that you bookin advance to ensure that a place is available for you.

Please complete the archives service request (opens in new window) or  ring (01482) 392790 to make a booking.

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Can I give you any film, sound or digital document collections?

We are happy to receive any film and sound recordings or digital document records to add to our archives. 

If you have something on a CD, DVD, hard drive, or other format that you think is worth preserving and would like to give it to us, please let us know by completing the archives donation form (opens in new window).

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Do you have photographs online?


We have a selection of photographs and postcards available online through our East Riding Archives Flickr account:

Flickr (external website)

Please note: East Riding Archives participates in The Commons on Flickr to further its educational mission and increase public access to its collections of images.

East Riding Archives images that are part of The Commons on Flickr are marked 'no known copyright restrictions', indicating that we are unaware of any current copyright restrictions on these images, either because copyright has expired, no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply, or we own the copyright and have chosen not exercise that control.

The images that we upload to our Flickr photostreamare available for non-commercial research, private study, or educational purposes. 

Please credit 'East Riding Archives' when you use these images, including the 'archive ref' from the image title.

If you would like to use these images for any other purpose, or to obtain high quality copies, please email us at archives.service@eastriding.gov.uk

The Commons on Flickr (external website)

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Do you have maps?

We hold a wide variety of historical maps for the East Riding. This includes:

  • printed county maps
  • Ordnance Survey maps
  • enclosure maps
  • tithe maps
  • estate maps.

The following leaflet provides a list of some of the maps we hold.

Maps guide (pdf 25kb opens in new window)

Our 'Archives Maps' page lets you see our old Ordnance Survey maps online. This is a collection of over 2000 Ordnance Survey maps covering the years 1855-1929 that have been scanned to give you online access.

Archive Maps (external East Riding website)

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