Archives Information: New Jerusalems

Map of the 11 New Towns in England, Wales and Republic of Ireland

The New Jerusalems project is making accessible for the first time, archives from eleven post-war New Towns. A network of nine archives from England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland form basis of this valuable project. Find out more about the different archives and the New Towns that they relate to below!

Basildon, Essex Record Office, United Kingdom

Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT

Opening hours vary, please refer to here for details.

Please refer to the archive’s website for detailed accessibility information. Alternatively, refer to the AccessAble’s guide on the building.

Bracknell, Royal Berkshire Archives, United Kingdom

9 Coley Avenue, Reading, Berkshire RG1 6AF

Open 09:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Thursday; 09:00 to 16:30 Friday. Also open until 21:00 on the first or second Thursday of the month. Please ask staff for details when planning a visit. Not open on Mondays, weekends or Bank Holidays.

All the public rooms are on the ground floor of the building. We also have a disabled toilet and there is disabled parking in the car park.

Crawley, West Sussex County Council, United Kingdom

3 Orchard Street, Chichester, PO19 1DD

Tuesday to Friday: 9.15am to 4.45pm; Saturday: 9.15am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm. For detailed opening hours, please refer to website.

Please refer to the archive’s website for detailed accessibility information.

Cwmbran, Gwent Archives, United Kingdom

B4485, Ebbw Vale NP23 8UW 

Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am – 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm – 4.30 pm.

Fully accessible to wheelchair users, mobility scooters and pushchairs. A hearing loop is in place in the Research Room.

Newton Aycliffe & Peterlee, Durham County Record Office, United Kingdom

Durham County Record Office is now closed for all enquiries (both in person and in writing) as we prepare our archive collections to move to The Story at Mount Oswald. We expect to remain fully closed until our move is completed.

Runcorn & Warrington, Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, United Kingdom

Cheshire Record Office, Duke Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1RL

Tuesday, 9am to 4pm Wednesday, 9am to 5pm Thursday, 9am to 4pm. For detailed opening hours, please refer to website.

The searchroom allows easy access. Please contact Cheshire Archives and Local Studies in advance if special parking arrangements are required.pi

Shannon, University of Limerick, Ireland

Room GL0-051, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland

By appointment, Tuesdays-Thursdays 10am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm.

Limited access to the Special Collections and Archive Reading Room is currently available. Please contact for detailed accessibility information.

Stevenage, Hertfordshire County Council, United Kingdom

Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, Register Office Block, County Hall, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8EJ

Tuesdays – Thursdays 9am – 5pm, Fridays 9am – 12.30pm, 10am – 2pm (First and third Saturday of the month)

Wheelchair access. Hearing loop and magnifying equipment. For detailed accessibility information, please refer to their website.