East Riding


Welcome to the East Riding Archives website. Find out how you can research your family tree, town or house history and more with local records and books.
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What Was Here

Download the free app for walking trails with a window on the past. Use the map to explore your local area and discover what was here.
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Family, local and property

Research guides

Follow our online guides on how to research your family, town or village or a property to get you started on your journey into history.
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View our collections

East Riding Archives gives you hands-on access to local heritage. Viewing our collections is free at our Research Room in Beverley, where we keep a range of items in environmentally controlled stores. You can use our collections for all types of research. Most popular is building your family tree, or discovering the secrets of your town or village. Not sure where to start? We have useful research guides to help you.

Find out more about our collections, what they can be used for and adding to our collections on the Using the Archives page. East Riding Archives is an accredited service. Find out more.

Using the Archives

Image: Girl on rocking horse circa 1900 (archive ref DDX1319-1-4)

Shop for gifts with East Riding Photos

Buy a timeless gift for a loved one or for yourself. Choose your favourite print from the East Riding Archives postcard collection. Pick a size and a choice of frames to get a little piece of local history sent to your door.

Preserving the past

Discover more about the people and the projects who make the archives service. From conservation to volunteer opportunities, take a look at the important work taking place at East Riding Archives.

Archives Projects

Remembering the riding

Enjoy a look back over local history and reminisce with our huge collection of online photos and videos. Visit the Archives Online page to find out what documents you can access on the go.

Archives Online


Accredited Archive Services is awarded by The National Archives accreditation panel. It ensures the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of the country's archival heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of the delivery of archive service. Achieving accredited status shows that East Riding Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of its unique collections, and what the service offers to its entire range of users.