Wisbech & Fenland Museum

The Museum holds a substantial archive containing the following resources: parish registers, local government records, manorial records, directories, photographs, maps and more. There is a general index for all archives at the Museum. These records can be accesssed by appointment.


We have around 650 historic maps and plans of Cambridgeshire and the Fens, the earliest of which dates back to c. 1590.

Townshend Autograph Letter Collection

In this collection autograph means 'hand writing' and not, as it is commonly understood to mean, 'signature'. The collection assembled by Chauncy Hare Townshend comprises over 500 documents. It features along with British and Foreign monarchs; Statesmen and Politicians; Writers - historian, Philosophers, Journalists, Editors, Novelists and Poets; Publishers, Scientists - Geologists, Naturalists, Chemists; Theologists, Preachers, Hymnologists and Missionaries, Musicians, Performers and Composers; Artists; Actors; Scientist; Educationalists and other lesser known professionals popular in Townshend's time. A listing of the collection can be downloaded here.


Local History Research:

Visitors are welcome to undertake independent research at the Museum. Please ring 01945 583817, or email info@wisbechmuseum.org.uk. The Research Room is available during Museum opening hours. If you wish to do research at the Museum, it is essential that you book in advance as space is limited. To make an appiontment please telephone 01945 583817 or email info@wisbechmuseum.org.uk.

Overview of Resources Available for Consultation:

•Parochial Registers and Records for 28 parishes in the Wisbech area
(from Cambridgeshire and Norfolk). For a full listing of the following archives download document here •Approximately 650 maps and plans
•Aproximately 10,000 negatives, slides and photographs
•Trade directories eg Kelly's

We charge £5.00 per hour for research using the Parish Registers.

If you're a beginner and would like some advice on local and family history research why not download our fact sheets on Parish Registers and Deed Titles download document here

Remote Research:

The Museum provides a limited postal research service into the parish registers at a charge of £20.00 per hour, this money is used exclusively for the conservation of the parish registers and other archives.

The Museum offers a service for postal enquiries into the archives (including photographs and maps) - a simple enquiry, taking no longer than 10 minutes is free, but after that any time spent is charged at £20.00 per hour.

Copies may be made of parish register entries. Charges are £1.00 per entry. Minimum charge is £3.00 including postage & packing.