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Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre

Welcome to Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre.

We are currently continuing to adhere to our safe working practices for both customers and staff alike, and therefore should you wish to visit the centre, please observe the guidelines below:


  • You must book in advance by email ( You will need to let us know whether you require use of the computers, the microfilm reader, or research space, as we have limited slots available for each.  
  • Only 10 users will be allowed in the building at a time, and every person visiting will need to book separately. 
  • Upon arrival, you will be invited to provide contact details for the purposes of track and trace. This information will be kept for 21 days, you can find more information and read our privacy notice here
  • If you wish to use archival material, microfilm, or specific books, you will need to let us know when you book which material you wish to see.  
  • If you are likely to require print-outs or copying, please bring exact change where possible to minimise the need for cash-handling. 
  • We will be operating a one-way system. You will enter via the Oldham Road entrance, and exit through our Cotton Street car park. 
  • As per government guidelines, you must wear a face covering whilst in the Centre, unless unable to do so for medical reasons. You will need to provide your own face covering.
  • Please adhere to social distancing, and maintain a distance of 2 metres from other users wherever possible. 
  • A hand sanitising station will be available at both the entrance and exit of the Centre, and you are encouraged to use these.
  • For the safety of all users, we request that you bring your own pencil and paper if you require them, so that items will not be shared between users. 
  • If you are unwell, or exhibiting any possible symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to the Centre. We will of course be happy to rearrange any bookings that are missed.  
  • Finally, we remain keen to record your experiences of how life has changed this year, due to COVID-19 and the various adjustments that have been made in response. If you would be interested in contributing, you can find details of how you can get involved here


We would like to thank you for your patience whilst the service has been closed, and look forward to welcoming you again soon. 


Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre, Cotton Street East, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 7BY
Tel: 0161-342-4242

Opening hours:
Tuesday 10am-5pm
Wednesday 10am-5pm
Thursday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-1pm

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People, Places, Events


Material relating to the history of Tameside's nine towns (Ashton-u-Lyne, Audenshaw, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hyde, Longdendale, Mossley, Stalybridge) is centralised at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre.

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Request to deposit archives or photographs with Tameside Local Studies and Archives

Please contact us if you wish to make a donation.

In addition to the records of the Borough Council and its predecessors, Tameside Local Studies and Archives takes in a wide variety of archives and photographs from private donors, depositors and organisations, and makes them available to the public.  We accept records relating to places, organisations and people from the Tameside area, along with records relating to the Manchester Regiment.



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We require 24 hours’ notice to retrieve documents. Please note that all requests for archives to be produced on Saturdays need to be received no later than 2pm on the Thursday preceding your visit. We will acknowledge receipt of all requests to confirm that the documents can be produced. Please bring a copy of your acknowledgement when you visit.

Minimum charge for look-up service £5

This includes up to 2 free A4 copies (photocopy / printing / microfilm print) & postage. Additional copies 80p A4, £1.60 A3

Important: Please include your name and postal address when you send us a message as this will help us provide a full response to your enquiry.

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