Cambridgeshire Archives

  • Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies Service Cambridgeshire Archives Studies Service is dedicated to preserving and actively promoting the use of original historical records of Cambridgeshire, including the former counties of Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely. It has offices in Ely and Huntingdon. It has an online catalogue CALM

  • Cambridgeshire Collection (Central Library) Includes a large collection of printed material of all kinds relating to Cambridgeshire and a very large collection of paintings, drawings, postcards, photographs, transparencies, negatives and filmstrips
    Over 50,000 separately indexed items dating from the 1680s, including images of places, people and events across the whole county. Also, thousands of negatives, which are listed though not individually catalogued. The Central Library is currently being redeveloped, so contact the site for further information about access to the collection. To search the collection catalogue log on to the main library catalogue and select Cambridgeshire Collection in the Library Box.

  • Cambridge University The archives of the university and the colleges of Cambridge are an important resource for records about the town and the county. They are can be accessed through the online catalogue

Cambridgeshire History Societies

  • Cambridge Antiquarian Society (CAS) Was founded in 1840 for the “encouragement of the study of the history and antiquities of the University, County and Town of Cambridge. The object of the Society to be to collect and print information relative to the above-mentioned subjects.” The Proceedings of the CAS have been published ever since and are now published annually. There is an annual programme of monthly lectures and two annual conferences.

  • Cambridgeshire Association For Local History (CALH) Was founded in 1952 to encourage and coordinate the practice of local history in Cambridgeshire.
    Activities: monthly lectures in winter and outings in the summer, holds conferences and workshops and published and annual Review.
    The Association website has detailed information about the large number of local historical societies, museums and activities in Cambridgeshire.

  • The University of Cambridge Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology has two main research resources, the Haddon Library and the Museum. Developed from nineteenth century collections, both are open to CAS members. The Haddon Library has a comprehensive range of archaeological publications, books and periodicals and a collections of maps and rare books.

Government Resources

  • National Archives The National Archives is the official archive for England, Wales and the central UK government, containing 900 years of history from Domesday Book to the present, with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to recently created digital files and archived websites. Increasingly, these records are being put online, making them universally accessible.
    The National Archives is at the heart of information policy - setting standards and supporting innovation in information and records management across the UK, and providing a practical framework of best practice for opening up and encouraging the re-use of public sector information. This work helps inform today’s decisions and ensure that they become tomorrow’s permanent record.


  • Genfair The "One-Stop Shop" for Family and Local Historians
    From the Federation of Family History Societies