Archive access points

Local access to copies of key ERO documents.

Besides the ERO in Chelmsford, there are a number of other places where microfilm and microfiche copies of certain archives can be accessed.

Colchester Library

The Local Studies Library is located in the Quiet Zone on the first floor. There is not always a member of staff on duty in the Quiet Zone, so if you know you will need help, or require non-current material, please contact the library before you visit.

Harlow Museum

Harlow Museum is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Saturdays, 9:30am - 3:30pm. Please contact them in advance to arrange access to the Archive Access Point.

Saffron Walden Library

The Saffron Walden Archive Access Point is staffed during the following hours:

  • Tuesdays and Fridays: 9am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm
  • Saturdays: 9am – 1pm

Resources can be used on a self-service basis at other times during library opening hours.



The Southend-on-Sea Archive Access Point is located in The Forum.

London boroughs

Some parts of the ancient county of Essex are now London boroughs. Records for these areas may be held outside the ERO.

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Vestry House Museum and Archives houses parish registers for Walthamstow and most of Leyton and Chingford.

London Borough of Redbridge

Some records relating to Ilford, Wanstead and Woodford are now located at the Redbridge Local Studies and Archives Service.

London Borough of Newham

Records, other than parish records, relating to West Ham and East Ham are now located at the Newham Archives and Local Studies Centre.

Barking and Dagenham

Records other than parish records relating to Barking and Dagenham may be held at the Archives and Local Studies Centre.


Records other than parish records relating to Romford may be held at the Local Studies and Family History Centre.