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Archive Service

Derry Records dating back to 17th Century now online

The Archive and Genealogical Service is based within the Heritage and Museum Service of Derry City Council, which has responsibility for the preservation of the civic records of the Council and its predecessor, the Londonderry Corporation.
The archive and genealogical collection constitutes an extremely valuable source of information both for the history of the City and the Council. The collections provide a comprehensive record of significant socio-economic and political development within the City from the latter half of the seventeenth century to the present day.

Shipquay Street, nineteenth century
The extensive archive collection consists of minute books, letter-books and correspondence, legal documents, architectural drawings and plans and a limited photographic collection.  
The Heritage and Museum Service also acquire and preserve private collections.  This material ranges from entire business archives, literary collections, military items, railway and maritime collections and political documents.   

Early Map of Ulster
In 2010 Derry City Council formally adopted the ‘Framework for the Development of the Archive Service 2010-2013’, as a commitment to the further development of the service.  

Additional information


Research Application Form

Rules for Readers Form 

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm

Public access to the archive collection is presently by appointment only. Members of the public should note that whilst collections are in the process of being listed, they will be unavailable for consultation.


Watercolour of the ‘Londonderry Bridge’, 1860


Bernadette Walsh

Derry City Council
Heritage & Museum Service
Foyle Valley Railway Museum
Foyle Road
Derry  BT48 6SQ
Tel: 028 7136 5151, extension 8250

Email: [email protected]




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