View East Riding Archives Online

We seek to digitise as much of our collection as possible to simplify access and help preserve the originals. Explore this page to find out how you can access East Riding Archives online from anywhere.

What Was Here app

Discover the East Riding like never before with the What Was Here app. Download the free app to view old photos of places you visit. There is also the option to buy prints of selected images for the perfect souvenir.

Your window on the past

To use the app, choose a walk based on your location. Hold up your smartphone and compare the historic photo with how it looks today. Follow the on-screen instructions for the guided walks and discover old and new across the East Riding of Yorkshire.

Explore from home

You can also browse the walks and photos on the app at any time. Explore local history from the comfort of your home or go online with your computer on the What Was Here website.

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The Digital Archive

Browse the Digital Archive, powered by Preservica. Keep checking back as we add more selected content from our archive of over 150,000 digital files. Using Preservica's cutting-edge digital preservation software we can now preserve and make accessible our digital archives for future generations.

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Join the Archiverse

The 'Archiverse' is a learning space built in the Minecraft videogame for local young adults aged under 16 to contribute their life experiences to the archives and East Riding history. Find out how to be part of it and view the online world yourself on the Archiverse page.

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Archive Maps

We hold a collection of historic Ordnance Survey maps for between 1855 and 1929. These can be viewed online by visiting the archive maps viewer page.

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Newspaper archives online

View millions of pages of historic newspapers, dating back to 1700, online with the British Newspaper Archive. You can access the online archive for free by using the computers in the East Riding Archives research room or at East Riding Libraries. The archive is searchable, making it an invaluable tool for historians researching names and places. Newspapers capture the fascinating history of the town, taking you through momentous occasions, social deprivation and authority meetings over the years. The archives also feature hundreds of letters from soldiers in varying war zones.

East Riding Archives also keep a limited collection of physical local newspapers and microfilm copies for the East Riding. Bridlington and Goole Local Studies Libraries hold newspapers for their areas viewable on microfilm by appointment. Hull History Centre holds Hull newspapers.

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Some East Riding Archives parish registers can be found on the Find My Past website. While you normally would have to pay a subscription for using FindMyPast, it is free to access on the computers in the research room at the Treasure House, Beverley, or at East Riding Libraries.

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Get free access to Ancestry Library Edition on the computers in the research room at the Treasure House, Beverley, or at East Riding Libraries.

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View our Flickr collection

Follow our East Riding Archives Flickr account to view hundreds of images from our collections online:

East Riding Archives on Flickr

Image: Fred Elwell painting Admiral Duncan Inn and Beverley Minster 1939 (archive ref PH-4-8)

Copyright of Flickr images

Please note: East Riding Archives participates in The Commons on Flickr to further its educational mission and increase public access to its collections of images.

East Riding Archives images that are part of The Commons on Flickr, are marked 'no known copyright restrictions', indicating that we are unaware of any current copyright restrictions on these images, either because the copyright has expired, no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply, or we own the copyright and have chosen not to exercise that control.

The images that we upload to our Flickr photostream are available for non-commercial research, private study, or educational purposes. Please credit 'East Riding Archives' when you use these images, including the 'archive ref' from the image title. If you would like to use these images for any other purpose or to obtain high-quality copies, please contact us.

Remembering the Riding in video

Watch a fantastic selection of our video collections on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Youtube Channel.

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Trawling Through Time

Discover the history of Beverley’s shipbuilding past with our online blog, Trawling Through Time. Funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the blog tells the story of Beverley shipbuilders Cook, Welton & Gemmell between 1905 and 1962 and the archive collection we preserve. Find out about the project, our volunteers and the activities we held.

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Archives 360

Take an interactive virtual tour of the Archives in Treasure House

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