Find archives & local records

Powys Archives is located in Llandrindod Wells, and serves as the official repository for the records of the county of Powys. Our collections date from the fourteenth century and can be used for all types of research.

We welcome the donation of local archives from individuals and organisations. Documents may also be deposited on indefinite loan.

We are looking for volunteers here at Powys Archives in Llandrindod Wells.

Find out about volunteering.


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Requests about the records and other sources we hold and how they can be used for research is free. Detailed searches of our catalogues incur a research fee.

Ask us to research for you

Our Records

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Browse through our files listing records in our collections, including: public records, official records, parish & nonconformist records & deposited records.

You can also search our Archives Catalogues.

Visit us

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You can visit Powys Archives Office to use the documents, catalogues or
microfilm readers
free of charge.


It is essential to make an appointment.

Family History

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We are offering web based introductory sessions for family and local historians.  The sessions are designed to show you how to use different websites such as Findmypast and Ancestry.

Research family history

Trace your family history, discover the history of your house and find out more about the history of your village or community. Find information for school or college projects and investigate legal issues such as rights of way.

More Information

Below are a number of policy documents which have been approved by Powys County Council (date of approval in brackets).
Access Policy (July 2008, Reviewed 2014)

Collection Policy (July 2008,Reviewed 2014)

Local Studies Collection Policy (July 2008, Reviewed 2014)

Outreach Policy (July 2008, Reviewed 2014)

Preservation Policy (July 2008, Reviewed 2014)

Terms of Deposit (Nov 2005, Reviewed 2014)

Volunteer Policy (July 2008, Reviewed 2014)

We have also subscribed to The National Archives Standard for Record Repositories. This was approved by Powys County Council in November 2007.