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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.

The Island Archives is home to thousands of documents, files, books and images that span hundreds of years of local history to the near present day. Our responsibilities cover the safekeeping of States' records including those of historical value consisting of collections and individual records obtained by purchase, deposit or loan from institutions or private individuals.

Spread over two floors of St Barnabas we have an environmentally controlled storage facility; through temperature and humidity controls this maintains a constant environment which helps prevent the deterioration of records.

Whether you are researching Bailiwick of Guernsey history, the history of a particular property, or are searching for references to ancestors, we will do our best to help you. Please do note however that whilst the Archives holds many valuable resources, the Priaulx Library is mandated in the first instance to deal with family history enquiries.

The Island Archives will accept records from organisations and individuals. Records may be donated or deposited - all donors and depositors will receive a letter and professionally prepared catalogue of the records. There is no charge for depositing records with us, although clearly we have to exercise some discrimination in what we accept.

For further information or a summary of some of the significant records we hold please see the Information for Visitors guide which is available to read or download at the bottom of this page.

You do not have to make an appointment to visit the Island Archives, but it is best to contact us prior to your visit so that we can help you make the most out of it and ensure the records you would like to see are available. 

Opening hours: 9.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Parking: a small number of spaces are available for visitors opposite the Ozanne Hall

Disabled access: full disabled access and toilets are available


Island Archives

St Barnabas,  Cornet Street,  St Peter Port ,  Guernsey,  GY1 1LF,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 01481 724512 Email: archives@gov.gg


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