Wirral Archives Service

Poster of Birkenhead Corporation Ferrys


Wirral Archives Service cares for and offers public access to thousands of historical records relating to the history of Wirral. Researchers are welcome to consult original documents and other sources free of charge.


We can provide records for those interested in family history, local history, and maritime and industrial history.

Wirral Archives Service was founded in 1974 upon the creation of the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, a borough of Merseyside. Previously, the Wirral peninsula had been a subdivision (or ‘hundred’) of the County of Cheshire.

In 2008, Wirral Archives Service moved to a state of the art facility in the Cheshire Lines building on Canning Street in Birkenhead, not far from Hamilton Square station.

The Archives Service produces a newsletter twice a year to keep you updated with all the latest news.

You can download editions of the newsletter below:

Wirral Archives Service offers a series of monthly workshops. More information can be found on the Workshops page.

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Opening hours:

Monday - Friday - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday - Sunday - closed


Contact Details:

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Wirral Archives Service

Lower Ground Floor

Cheshire Lines Building

Canning Street



CH41 1ND 

Tel: 0151 606 2929

Fax: 0151 606 2928

E-mail: archives@wirral.gov.uk