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 roomin the Treasure House building in Beverley. However, to ensure that you have a seat and avoid disappointment, we advise 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).
You will need to order the things you want to see if you are visiting on a:
If you are visiting us at any other time we would advise that you order your documents before you come.
You will need to book a microfiche/microfilm viewer if you want to look at:
You can book a viewer by completing the archives service request form (opens in a new window).
If you want to use the Register of Deeds you will need to let us know. The Register of Deeds is not available on a Tuesday or Thursday evenings or on a Saturday.
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.
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 - £32.00
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 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)
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 2017 (pdf 1.6mb 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.