Coronavirus Latest Information

We are very happy to announce that the Essex Record Office Searchroom is currently open to the public. 

While we are all looking forward to seeing you again, we ask that you think carefully before planning your visit to the ERO. If you are displaying any of the symptoms of Covid-19 or are considered to be at increased risk of contracting Covid-19, the advice is that you should not come to the record office.

Things will be a little bit different when you arrive in the Searchroom as we have made several changes to ensure we can all maintain social distancing and stay safe. There will be signage to help you to maintain social distancing and we have implemented a more thorough daily cleaning of the building. We are also limiting the number of people allowed into the Searchroom to 48. 

To help us prepare for your visit, we are also asking that you book your visit with us in advance. Please do so by emailing letting us know your name and the date that you would like to visit. We will then confirm your booking.

When you sign into the Searchroom we will ask for your telephone number to help us support NHS Test and Trace. We will only retain these details for 21 days from your visit.

While it is no longer required to wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces in the UK, we would strongly encourage you to do so during your visit. 

There will be fewer staff available in the Searchroom, so they will not be able to provide close one-to-one assistance with your queries other than from behind the Searchroom desk. It may also mean that documents will take a while longer to be produced.

We are also now one of the many record offices using the Archives Card which has replaced all existing CARN and ERO Readers Tickets. Please ensure that you have applied for your Archives Card before you come to visit us by going to the Archives Card Hub website.

If you currently have a readers ticket, you will also be able to order documents in advance on Essex Archives Online.

If you have a query about your research or visiting the Searchroom, please see our Research pages. If you cannot find the answer you are looking for, please contact us on or 033301 32497.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by these changes to our usual service and would like to thank you for your understanding. Please keep checking our social media pages and website for updates.

We would also like to thank you for your support for the Essex Record Office as we continue to preserve and keep secure the archives of Essex for generations to come.


We are also able to host weddings at the Essex Record Office again. For more information, please email the team at or give them a call on 033301 32500.

Room Hire

The ERO conference centre is able to take new bookings from the 17th May. We ask that our hirers all carry out their own risk assessment prior to their booking to ensure the safety of all participants. Before making any booking, please feel free to contact our team at or give them a call on 033301 32500 so that we can ensure we are able to accomodate your needs.