Using the Archives

Oswestry Town Archives does not operate a reader's ticket system. We do require researchers to register to see documents. To register you will need to provide identification that contains your name, address and signature.

Acceptable identification:

  • Current CARN reader's ticket
  • Current Shropshire Archives reader's ticket
  • Driving licence
  • Building society pass book/Post Office savings book
  • UB40
  • Pension book
  • Family allowance book
  • Medical card
  • Disabled persons registration
  • Official letters
  • Bank statements
  • DVLA documents
  • Official ID cards
  • Passports (NB, some passports do not contain addresses).

When registering, researchers are agreeing to the archive regulations. Please find a copy attached.

Restrictions on Access

Access to records under 100 years old is provisional due to the nature of individual records. Items containing personal and sensitive information are subject to the Data Protection Act. If you would like to see documents under 100 years old, please contact the Archivist.

Fragile items which would be further damaged by handling are not available for consultation until they have been repaired.

Requests for access to the Town Council's records under the Freedom of Information Act should be made in writing to the Town Clerk.

Photocopying and photography

A copy of our charges can be found on the attached list.

Cameras can be used to take photographs of archives subject to the condition of the document. There is no charge for this.

Any copies made or photographs taken are for personal research only and subject to Copyright.

If images of the documents are intended for publication or an exhibition, the permission of the Town Clerk is required.

Contacting Oswestry Archives

Town Council Archivist - Sara Downs

Assistant to the Archivist - Joanne Needham

Oswestry Town Council,
The Guildhall,
SY11 1PZ

Tel: 01691 680222
Fax: 01691 671080
E-mail: enquiries(at)

Archives Price List

We make a small charge for Photocopying, Microfilm Printouts, Postal Handling and Digital Image Services. A full breakdown of these charges can be downloaded below:

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