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Visiting the Essex Record Office

22 October 2015


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Monday Closed
Tuesday 10am - 8pm
Wednesday and Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 4pm

Alternate Saturdays (see the full schedule)

9am - 4pm



The Essex Record Office is closed on Sundays. In addition, the Searchroom is closed on the following days in 2015:


    • May Day: Monday 4 May
    • Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 25 May
    • Summer Bank Holiday: Monday 31 August
    • Monday 23 November until Saturday 5 December (inclusive) - Stocktaking



  • Tuesday 22 December – early closing at 5pm
  • Thursday 24 December
  • Friday 25 December
  • Saturday 26 December
  • Monday 28 December
  • Tuesday 29 December


New Year

  • Friday 1 January 2016



  • Good Friday: Friday 25 March 2016
  • Saturday 26 March 2016
  • Easter Monday: Monday 28 March 2016


We are located on Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT. 

ERO map

Arrival and access

The entrance to the building faces the River Chelmer. Visitors should report to reception, which is located to the right of the entrance. All visitors are required to hold a County Archive Research Network (CARN) reader ticket. A valid CARN ticket issued by another office is acceptable. If you do not possess a CARN ticket, one will be issued at reception, free of charge, providing you have the required documentation.
To issue a CARN ticket, we require proof of your identity that shows name, address and signature. A driving licence is ideal, but a combination of documents (such as passport and utility bill) is also acceptable. Once inside the record office, you will need to be in possession of your CARN ticket at all times. Staff will ask to see it before you are able to enter or leave the Searchroom.
The ground floor also contains vending machines and a seating area where lunches can be eaten. Toilets are located on the ground floor, just behind the seating area.