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.
You can find policies relating to Liverpool Record Office in the council's policy section.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Liverpool Record Office holds the archives of the Merseyside Jewish Community from the 18th century to the present day.
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.
We have a vast collection of local papers at Liverpool Record Office. The earliest newspaper is the Williamson’s Liverpool Advertiser, 1756.
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.
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.