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Our job is to locate and preserve archives and records relating to the Royal County of Berkshire and its people, and to make them available for research to all.
Part of our function is one of democratic accountability. We store the records of public authorities like councils, hospitals and courts, so that members of the public can see how decisions were made.
We also have a cultural remit. We act as an historical memory of Berkshire, enabling research for business, leisure or scholarly interests.
We were established in 1948, and are run as a joint service for the six district councils that provide local services in Berkshire.
Berkshire Record Office exists to collect, care for, share and promote the rich archival heritage of the Royal County. We want to remember, celebrate and appreciate the things that make Berkshire special.
Services for donors and depositors
Archive care and repair
Explore Your History at the Berkshire Record Office
Read about our achievements in previous years
The guidance that shapes what we do
Oscar Wilde and Reading GaolBiographies of Wilde and Berkshire's Victorian prison
Small Objects of PowerAn Exhibition about Medieval Seals
Enemies of the StateIrish Patriots in Reading Gaol
The Berkshire Echo
The Berkshire Echo 78January 2017: Clewer House of Mercy: an Overview - Entering the House of Merc...