Borthwick Institute for Archives

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The Borthwick Institute for Archives is the specialist archive service of the University of York, York, England. It is one of the biggest archive repositories outside London.[1] The Borthwick was founded in 1953 as The Borthwick Institute of Historical Research.[2] It was originally based at St Anthony's Hall, a fifteenth-century guild hall on Peaseholme Green, in central York. It is now based in a new, purpose-built building, situated adjacent to the J.B. Morrell Library on the University of York's Heslington campus. This new building was made possible due to a grant of £4.4 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund[1][3] and designed by Leach Rhodes Walker and Buro Happold.[4]

Special collections[edit]

The special collections held by the University of York Library are viewed in the Borthwick Searchrooms.

  • Records of the Diocese of York
  • Probate Records for the Diocese of York
  • Parish Records for the Archdeaconry of York
  • Records of the York Health Trust
  • Records of local families, e.g. Yarburgh and the Hickleton Wood Family, Earls of Halifax including Edward Wood
  • The University of York Archive

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "University Library and archives:Borthwick Institute - Welcome". Borthwick Institute for Archives. University of York. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Our origins". Borthwick Institute for Archives. The University of York. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lottery secures Archive's Future". The Northern Echo. Newsquest Media Group. 27 July 2002. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Borthwick Institute". Buro Happold Website. Buro Happold. 2004. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 

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Coordinates: 53°56′57″N 1°03′08″W / 53.94919°N 1.05211°W / 53.94919; -1.05211