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Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre

Local Studies & Archive Centre remains closed for now, sorry for any inconvenience

Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre is closed to the public until further notice. In a time of national effort, it is important that we play our part: by protecting what is valuable, maintaining what is essential and by working flexibly to carry out our duties in new ways. We are currently working hard in order to safely reopen the service as soon as possible. Please keep checking back here and on our social media, where our reopening date will be announced.

At this time there will not be any events scheduled at the centre until we can be sure this can be held safely. We will be working behind the scenes to ensure our archives, records and our site are both secure and safe for the duration of our closure.

Whilst we are closed there are still lots of information about our local heritage which you can explore. You can search our image archive for instance and contact us for any other enquires by following the links on this page. We will also be updating on social media what we are working on, you can follow us on twitter, @tmbc_culture, and on our blog, which can be found here. We are also temporarily able to offer remote access to our Ancestry and FindMyPast subscriptions, for more information on how to access these please see here. If you are interested in keeping up with our SMILE! Project, which seeks to digitise photographs from the Tameside Reporter, you can follow its progress here. Finally, we are also 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 want to take this opportunity at this unprecedented time to thank you for your support and loyalty to Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre as we maintain and preserve the public records for generations to come.

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

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


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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Cotton Street East
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