West Yorkshire Archive Service

The  West Yorkshire Archive Service (part of West Yorkshire Joint Services) collects and looks after the unique documentary heritage of the region. It helps members of the public use and enjoy these records.

The service has offices in Wakefield, Bradford, Calderdale (Halifax), Kirklees (Huddersfield) and Leeds and offers a free public service to visitors who want to explore the documents in our collections.

'We collect and preserve millions of records of all kinds dating from the twelfth century to the present day - over 800 years of history!'

The Calderdale collections include:

  • business, trade union and friendly society archives;
  • records of local businesses and industries including textiles, banking, brewing, clay and brick working, clock making, coal mining, printing, stone quarrying and wire manufacturing;
  • family estate records including the world famous UNESCO award-winning diaries of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall (1806-1840);
  • a variety of solicitors’ collections including the papers of Robert Parker, an 18th century Halifax attorney;
  • local authority records including Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council and its predecessor bodies;
  • large quantities of nonconformist church records.

How to find the Calderdale Office

The Calderdale search room is situated on the 2nd floor of the Central Library, Halifax.

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9.30am - 5.00pm. (Closed Bank Holidays).

West Yorkshire Archive Service: Calderdale office
Email address: 
01422 392636
Postal address: 
West Yorkshire Archive Service
Central Library