Archive collections

We preserve and provide access to a large and diverse collection of records that evidence life in Liverpool, both past and present.  

With over 15km of archives, we can't list every collection but have highlighted some of our most popular ones below, and we are always happy to discuss potential deposits.  

Most of our archives are available to view by appointment only, in our search room and the access conditions for each item are stated in the archive catalogue search results. 

Collections include

  • City Charter

    Letters Patent of King John

    One unique and very significant record held in LRO is the record marking the beginning of Liverpool, the Letters Patent of King John, signed on 28th August 1207.

    More about the Letters Patent

  • Everton collection

    Everton Collection

    The Everton Collection is a unique and extensive record of Liverpool’s original football team founded in 1878. It is the most comprehensive collection of football memorabilia connected to one club.

    More about the collection


  • Hospital records

    Hospital records

    Useful sources for family, social and medical history. We hold a substantial quantity of records, although the type and quantity of records held for each hospital varies.

    More about hospital records

  • Knowsley Hall

    Family papers

    Records of many significant families with a Liverpool connection date from the 13th century to the 21st century. They include family papers of the Earl’s of Derby, William Roscoe, the Earl’s of Sefton, the Tarleton family, the Holt family and more.

    More about family papers

  • Jewish collection

    Jewish archives

    Liverpool Record Office holds the archives of the Merseyside Jewish Community from the 18th century to the present day.

    More about the Jewish archives

  • Old map

    Maps and architecture

    We hold a large collection of maps and plans of Liverpool and the surrounding area including the old counties of Lancashire and Cheshire.

    More about maps

  • The Liverpool Mercury newspaper


    We have a vast collection of local papers at Liverpool Record Office.  The earliest newspaper is the Williamson’s Liverpool Advertiser, 1756.

    More about newspapers

  • Barefoot schoolchildren around a fountain

    Watercolours and photography

    The Watercolour and Print Collection includes works from the 18th century. We also have a large number of photographs, including the City Engineer’s Photograph Collection.

    More about photography

  • Soldiers

    Other collections

    We hold a number of other archive records from military, women's history and family records to local studies, business and trade, LGBT and more.

    More archive collections