The Search room

Provides access to a wide range of collections and resources.

Archives search room




Advance booking is advisable for the use of microfilm readers. You can make a booking by email, phone, letter or while visiting us. If your proposed visit is less than 5 days ahead, please telephone rather than emailing.

Additional Information

Tyne & Wear Archives Service is a member of CARN (the County Archive Research Network). Anyone wishing to use the Archives will require a valid readers' ticket. If you don't have a CARN ticket, then please visit the Archives to get your free ticket.

Please bring a pencil for taking notes, as we ask you not to use pens while in the searchroom (even if you are using microfilm, or don't have any original documents on your desk). For security reasons, bags are not allowed in the searchroom, but lockers are provided (free) for secure storage of your belongings. Please read our full searchroom rules for further information.

Visitor information

Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm.

We’ll be closed to the general public at key times during the installation of Great Exhibition of the North exhibits and galleries, and for the duration of key displays. Find out why


Free entry, donations welcome.