Book archive services, reader’s tickets, using the research room, copies, charges, viewing closed documents, archive research service, talks or tours and other archive facilities.
You can simply drop-in to the research room at the Treasure House in Beverley. However, to ensure that you have a seat and avoid disappointment, we do suggest that you book. You can use our online catalogue to find what you want to look at and then order documents and request an appointment by completing the archives service request form (opens in a new window).
Many of our parish registers are now available online at Findmypast.com (external website) and many newspapers are online at The British Newspaper Archive (external website) . Both of these websites can be viewed free of charge in the research room .
However, you can still view these on a microfiche/microfilm viewer, which you can book by completing the archives service request form (opens in a new window).
You will need a readers ticket to look at documents and rare books, however you do not need a reader’s ticket to look at microfilm or microfiche, computers or books on the open shelves
We belong to the County Archive Research Network (CARN) readers ticket scheme. You have to visit to be issued a readers ticket.
The CARN reader's ticket scheme is a group of record offices that have joined together to provide readers tickets for local archive offices. A CARN reader's ticket can be used at over 50 archive offices and is valid for 4 years.
The following document provides a full list of the offices that accept the CARN reader's ticket.
List of offices where CARN reader's ticket is accepted (pdf 43kb opens in new window)
We use a reader's ticket to ensure adequate security for the documents we look after.
We can issue you with a CARN ticket in our research room when you arrive.
You will need to show us proof of your identity, including your name, current address and signature. You can use different documents to prove this, for example a utility bill for your address or a bank card for your signature.
When you come to the research room to look at archives, you will be asked to give up your CARN ticket to a member of staff. Your ticket will be kept at the enquiries desk whilst you are working.
Documents issued to you must be returned to a member of staff who will check that they have been returned. Your CARN ticket will be handed back when all documents issued to you have been returned and checked back by a member of staff.
The research room is where you can see the archives and local studies collections. It is in the Treasure House building in Beverley. We look after valuable and irreplaceable documents and books. This means that there are some things we expect from you to help us look after our collections.
We have to be sure that our collections are secure and looked after carefully. Many of the documents, books and objects are old and fragile. We take great care of the things we look after and ask you to do the same.
We ask for your help in this by doing the following things:
Research room rules (pdf 215kb opens in new window)
We offer a number of ways in which you can get copies from books and documents for a small charge. Sometimes we cannot make copies because documents are too fragile. There may sometimes be copyright restrictions also.
If you want to publish or exhibit a document then please email the archives service with your name, contact information and what you would like to exhibit:
It is free to visit the Treasure House, however we do make charges for some of the other services that we provide. These charges are listed below.
We offer talks and tours at the Archives service, for more details visit the events page, pricing is detailed below:
Archives and Local Studies Behind the scenes tour - £3.00 per person.
For lecture or talk - £35.00
Meeting room hire (maximum 10 people)
To book the education or meeting room please contact (01482) 392780.
It may be possible, some documents are not fully open. You cannot see these on demand, and will have to contact us if you want to look at closed records.
Freedom of Information leaflet (pdf 25kb opens in new window)
If you want advice on how to ask for information from closed records under either the Data Protection or Freedom of Information Acts then please complete the archives service request form (opens in a new window)
We have a selection of photographs and postcards available to see 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 photostream are 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Commons on Flickr (external website)
We have teamed up with Max Communications Limited to bring you high quality vintage prints from our historic postcard collection, available to buy online.
Choose from a range of sizes to create an ideal gift, or decorate your local business premises such as cafes, pubs, restaurants, and hotels, to lend a vintage look and feel to any room.
East Riding Photos Picture Archive (external website)
You can find out more about our external partner, Max Communications Limited on their website:
Max Communications Limited (external website)
It may be possible as we offer a short research service. We can search through some of our records for up to half an hour. You will need to give us details of the names, places and dates to search.
If you would like us to search the above records or any other type of records the service costs £15, which you will need to pay when making your request. Please complete the online archives research form (opens in new window).
If you need a longer search or a lot of research you should employ a record searcher. The following external websites may help you:
Yes. We do behind the scenes tours of the archives and local studies in the Treasure House.
These tours can be booked by groups or societies. For more details visit the events page.
The archives and local studies service is in the Treasure House building in Champney Road, Beverley. The Treasure House is a one-stop centre for heritage and information services.
It contains the East Riding archives and local studies, Beverley Library, a museum and Beverley Art Gallery. Strong rooms house the archives and local studies collections and part of the museum’s collections. There are education and meeting rooms. You can watch conservators repairing books and documents.
The coffee lounge is on the first floor of the Treasure House. It is open 9.30am till 4pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am to 3pm on a Saturday. It serves hot drinks, sandwiches, soup, snacks, cakes and biscuits.
There is a gift shop selling items not available elsewhere in Beverley, relating to objects in the Treasure House collections or current displays.
We have exhibitions on the heritage and culture of the East Riding on the first floor of the Treasure House.
Treasure House Events and Exhibitions Brochure 2018 (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
The toilets are on the ground floor of the Treasure House. We have a toilet with disabled access and a baby changing room.
Yes, we develop and maintain a number of policies about our collections and access, so that we can deliver the best possible service to our customers whilst protecting and preserving the region’s archival heritage for this and future generations.
This policy details our commitment to customer care, community engagement and equality of access.
Collections Access and Engagement Policy (pdf 212kb opens in new window)
This policy seeks to reduce the main risks and threats to the long-term survival and accessibility of our collections.
Collections Care Policy (pdf 232kb opens in new window)
This policy looks at how we want to develop our collections and includes details about the nature and format of the records we collect, the geographic area that we cover, and the specific categories of records that we hold.
Collections Development Policy (pdf 183kb opens in new window)
This policy looks at the information we want to gather and create about our collections.
Collections Information Policy (pdf 169kb opens in new window)
Yes, we are celebrating the news that the service has been awarded Accredited Archive Status.
Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of the country’s archival heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of the delivery of archive service.
Achieving accredited status shows that East Riding Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections; and what the service offers to its entire range of users.
The Accreditation Panel from The National Archives which made the award “congratulated the service on working well across the Accreditation standard and on its level of achievement throughout. This strong performance represented a good service to the people of the East Riding, and a significant investment in their collections".
East Riding Archives and Local Studies offers the chance to visit the extensive and unique archives collection based at the Treasure House.