Wirral Archives Service News and Events

First World War records in Wirral Archives

You can download the list of records relating to the First World War, which are held by Wirral Archives Service.

If you wish to consider depositing any original records you have from the First World War with Wirral Archives Service, ownership would remain with you, while we will keep them in an acid-free box within a temperature and humidity controlled Strong Room, and make them available to researchers.

If you would like to discuss this option, please contact the Wirral Council Archivist, Will Meredith, using the contact details at the top of the right hand side of this page.


Second World War Book of Remembrance

Owing to the building works currently going on at Birkenhead Town Hall, the Second World War Book of Remembrance normally kept there (in order to be close to the War Memorial in Hamilton Square) has been temporarily transferred to Wirral Archives Service, where all visitors are very welcome to inspect it.


Current Exhibitions

  • The 1919 police strike in Birkenhead
  • The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, in Wirral Archives


Feedback Form Survey 2013

Wirral Archives Service collected visitor feedback between 21 March to 30 April 2013. Here is a summary of the results:

Satisfaction Ratings (out of 5)

  • The service you received: 4.98
  • The search room and its resources: 4.83
  • The accessibility of Wirral Archives Service: 4.64

Purpose of visit?

  • Family history – 40 per cent (both beginners and more experienced researchers)
  • Local history and other research – 49 per cent (a wide variety of topics)
  • House history – 11 per cent

Where did you travel from?
76 per cent of our visitors came from across Wirral, with the remainder tending to come from the rest of Merseyside and the North West.

How did you hear about Wirral Archives Service?
28 per cent
discovered Wirral Archives Service on the internet, with family and friends, other archives, local libraries, and open days / family history fairs also mentioned.

Comments and Suggestions
The most frequent words in the comments were friendly, helpful, efficient and pleasant.

The most frequently raised suggestion (three times) was a request for a large refreshment room. Although we provide a small area to eat and drink, unfortunately we do not have the space to set aside a dedicated room for this purpose. However there are good cafés nearby at Woodside ferry Terminal and close to Hamilton Square Station.


New Research Service

Wirral Archives has established a Research Service for enquirers who cannot visit in person. The Service can pursue any family or local history research into the archives or library books held by Wirral Archives. The charge is £20 per hour, up to a maximum of five hours. You can find further details about this under the Wirral Archives Research Service page.


Laptops and Digital Cameras

It is now possible to plug in laptops and digital cameras in the Search Room – they just need to be used with one of our new circuit breakers (i.e. RCDs, or Residual Current Devices). Just ask at the desk for one.



Wirral Archive Service regularly hosts or attends events which you may be interested in. All events will be listed in the What's on section of this website.

Wirral Archives Service also runs a free monthly workshop aimed at everyone from schoolchildren to family and local history groups. The sessions will be brought to life with original documents and cover topics including family history, the history of Wirral, schools and education, and Wirral at war.

For more information see the Workshops page.