What makes Warrington and ‘Warringtonians’ special? Why did the town emerge as one of the leading industrial and commercial centres in the Northwest? Who are the people – famous or infamous – who have helped to shape the town’s history?

Explore the fascinating history of Warrington with resources and articles compiled from objects from the museum, documents from the archives and contributions of local people.

Archive Searchroom

Want to find out more about your ancestry? Do you have an interesting family member you’d like to find out more about?

The Archive Searchroom is a fantastic tool to help you trace your family tree, find out about the history of your house, or learn about the part of Warrington you live in. We have microfilm and microfiche readers available for you to use and the latest reader-printer to print off copies of anything you find. Readers can be booked in advance.

Anyone can consult the documents in our collections free of charge; however there are fees for some services, such as making copies or using a camera.

The Searchroom is located on the ground floor within Warrington Library and the opening hours are:

Monday to Thursday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Friday 9.30am – 3.30pm

Saturday 9.30am – 12.30pm