Record Office

Using the Record Office

Inside the Record Office

Service Update - Office Closed

Due to the level of Corona Virus on the Isle of Wight, the Record Office is currently closed to visitors. We are able to offer a limited service to help with enquiries, but this will be subject to staff availability.


If you require help or information relating to our collections, please 

E-mail us at


Write to us at Isle of Wight County Record Office, 26 Hillside, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2EB


or Telephone us on 01983 823820.


We apologise for the inconvenience caused by our closure.

Planning Your Visit

 Please contact us with details of your enquiry using the details under the Contact button at the top of this page. This will allow us to better prepare for your visit and arrange that any material stored off site can be retrieved in time for your arrival.

You are welcome to bring laptops, mobile devices, cameras and stationery. The search room is Wi-Fi enabled. You can use your phone or camera to take copies of documents during your visit on the purchase of a Camera Licence. To protect the documents, please use a pencil. If you forget to bring one, a pencil can usually be provided.

The Record Office has produced an information sheet for researchers with disabilities. (PDF, 326KB, 1 page), but if you have any further questions about access at the Record Office please contact us.

The Record Office is open on Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Friday, from 9am-12.25 pm and again from 1pm to 5pm. We are closed all day on Tuesdays.

The Record Office has a number of planned closures for public holidays in 2019-20  (PDF, 339KB, 2 pages)


Getting to the Record Office

The Record Office is on Hillside in Newport, located between Fairlee Road (A3054) and the Quay. A map of the Record Office and surrounding area is available through the Contact tab at the top of the page. A set of external and internal views of the Record Office building are provided on Google maps/places.  

If travelling by car, the Record Office postcode is PO30 2EB. Directions to the Record Office are available under the FAQ button that the top of this page. On arrival, please request a parking permit from the member of staff on duty in the Search Room.

If travelling by public transport there are bus services to Newport from the ferry terminals of Ryde, Cowes and Yarmouth. The Record Office is within ten minutes walking distance of Newport bus station.

Hillside Barrier

Please note: that the barrier between Hillside and the Quay is locked at all times. Vehicle access to the Record Office is from the Fairlee Road end of Hillside only.

Arriving at the Record Office

On arriving at the Record Office you should report to the Enquiries Desk in the Search Room. You will be asked to complete a Day Ticket. These give you access to original documents at the Office for one day. You will need to give details of your name and address, but will not require proof of identification. There are six parking spaces at the Record Office which are free to use subject to availability. You will need to complete a parking permit from the Enquiries Desk and place this in your car for the benefit of parking attendants, otherwise a fine may be issued. 

Finding Aids


View a list of the indexes, available in the Search Room, of documents held at the Record Office. (PDF, 236KB, 6 pages).


Catalogues in the Search Room include estate collections, parish records, nonconformist records, records of local government, schools, hospitals and businesses.


There is a small library of reference books and published works about both the Isle of Wight and historical sources. Members of staff will be pleased to provide guidance on using the Office's facilities. Please ask if you require assistance

Requesting Documents

  • Each document has a unique reference number by which it is identified. The reference numbers are obtained from the indexes and catalogues. 

  • If you wish to see a particular document, you should write its reference number and details on a request slip, and then sign and date it. The request slips are kept on the enquiry desk. 

  • You may request up to 4 items at one time, but you should use a separate slip for each item. 

  • The completed slips should be placed in the request box on the enquiry desk.  

  • Please note: that last orders for documents are 15 minutes before closing time. 

  • A member of staff will fetch the documents that you have requested, and they should be produced within 5 - 10 minutes. (Production times may be longer if the search room is particularly busy.) 

  • Please remember that each record is unique and historically precious, and should therefore be handled carefully. Use a pencil when taking notes and do not lean on the documents. 

  • Eating, Drinking & Smoking are not allowed in the Search Room. 

  • Please show consideration to other researchers by keeping as quiet as possible.


Consulting Documents

 It is advisable to record the reference numbers of any records that you consult in case you wish to refer to them again.

Returning Documents

Documents should be handed back at the Enquiry Desk. Once you have finished consulting original material, your reader's ticket will be returned.  Please ensure that you have returned the documents at least ten minutes before closing time.

A Code of Conduct applies to use of the Search Room, for the benefit of all users and the preservation of the documents we hold. (PDF, 247KB, 1 page).