The Plymouth and West Devon Record Office holds records in many forms relating to many different subjects and organisations. Some of the most popular are listed here.
You can search our online catalogue for details of all our collections.
Use the research guides below for some of the most popular types of record asked for.
Take a closer look at some of the highlights in our collections.
Discover what types of registers we hold for the Plymouth area.
Discover more about register indexes from churches and other places of worship
Education records for schools in the City of Plymouth and parts of West Devon and South Hams districts are held in Plymouth and West Devon Record Office.
Before you come to the record office, find out as much as possible about your home
Images which tell the story of Plymouth throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
We hold Motor vehicle licensing cards for vehicles registered by the Plymouth Local Vehicle Licensing Office, up to 1978.
Our photography captures Plymouth life and events through a large newspaper archive and other significant collections.
Shipping registers for the port of Plymouth
In 1440 the Borough of Plymouth was granted a charter, with the power to elect a coroner.
We also hold the following types of information:
Maps and Architectural Plans · Private Correspondence, Diaries and Journals · Wills · Non-conformists · Parish Records · Poor Law and Workhouses · Large Family Estates · Plymouth City Council and Other Local Authorities · Parish Councils · Courts and Plymouth Prison · Charities · Businesses and Trade · Plymouth Blitz and Reconstruction · Gardens and Parks
Projects to improve cataloguing and enhance local historical information have been made possible by external funding and most take place thanks to the valuable help and support of our team of volunteers. Find out more about our current and past projects:
A valuable source for historians to find details of people who died in Plymouth and the area.
An innovative project which blended paper and film archives
An award winning project with Plymouth Pride forum, to record the history of the city’s LGBT community.
A project to capture the unique character and history of North Prospect through a community-led archive