Libraries and archives

Our 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.

Other archive collections

With such a large and diverse collection of archives covering all aspects of Liverpool’s history it is impossible to list every collection or topic.  Some of the key themes are given above but we also have archives relating to significant Liverpool cultural figures such as the archives of George Garrett, James Hanley and Norman Ellison.

We also have a small archive of Beatles related material which was uncovered in the Lord Mayors Correspondence. Important institutions in the city have also deposited their archive such as the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society which has archives dating back to the early 19th century. 

Our local studies collection of printed material is a treasure trove and includes a large collection of theatre programmes and playbills which complement our Playhouse Archive.

To find your own archives of interest search the catalogue and don’t hesitate to contact us if you need help.