The Essex Record Office is the county’s central repository for resources about the history of the county, its people and buildings. Historically, these resources have consisted of written records, but increasingly, those records are complemented by audio and video materials. The Essex Record Office provides an invaluable resource for historians, researchers and individuals interested in family history, the history of the community in which they live, and the history of Essex as a whole.

Plan your visit here.


Opening hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am – 8pm
Wednesday and Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 4pm
Alternate Saturdays (see the full schedule) 9am – 4pm

Please remember to check which days we might be closed here.



Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT


033301 32500

Sign up to our e-mail updates here




All images used on this site are copyright to the Essex Record Office and may not be reproduced. If you would like to order copies of any images used here, please contact us on 033301 32500, or ero.enquiry[@]essex.gov.uk