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Island Archives

The Island Archives is committed to providing the best possible repository, research and records management facilities to the States and people of Guernsey.

1305 Document - earliest in Archive

The Island Archives was created in 1986 primarily to provide a records management service for the States of Guernsey and to collect, preserve and provide access to other private and public records of historical value. Spread over three floors of the redundant St Barnabas Church in Cornet Street we maintain an extensive collection of States' records as well as thousands of documents, files, books and images that date from as far back as the 14th century to the near present day.

The Island Archives accepts records from businesses, clubs, societies and private individuals. These can be donated, or deposited long term where ownership is retained by the depositor. Each record we receive is given its own unique number, catalogued on our searchable computer database and packaged in archival quality materials. Records are kept in an environmentally controlled storage facility which maintains a constant temperature and humidity to prevent their deterioration. If you are interested in depositing records with the Island Archives please do contact us.

Research and visiting

Whether you are researching Bailiwick of Guernsey history, the history of a property, or for references to ancestors, we will do our best to help you.

It is best to contact us prior to your visit to make an appointment so that we can help you make the most of your research and ensure the records you would like to see are available. We accept enquiries received by post, telephone or e-mail and we will usually invite you to visit us to view any relevant materials. There is no charge for consulting records at the Islands Archives, and staff can provide guidance to enable you to carry out your research.

Opening hours: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday (free entry)

Parking: a small number of spaces are available for visitors on-site

Disabled access: disabled access and toilets are available

For further information and a summary of the significant collections of records we hold please see the Island Archives - Major Accessions and Information for Visitors documents which are available to read or download at the bottom of this page.

Island Archives

St Barnabas,  Cornet Street,  St Peter Port ,  Guernsey,  GY1 1LF,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 01481 724512 Email:

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