Meet Our Neighbours #2 - Wirral Archive Services

Ever wonder about Wirral’s past years and how you could find out more? Well perhaps a visit to the Wirral Archives Service in Birkenhead would provide you with the answers and research you need.

Wirral Archives Service collects, cares for and offers the public access – by appointment - to thousands of records all relating to Wirral's past from many years gone by.

Researchers are welcome to make an appointment to visit the service during the Archive opening hours to consult original documents and a range of many other resources. You will be astounded about what us available.

Wirral Archives Service is visited by around 1,000 visitors each year and receives many more enquiries from across the globe – it really is a worldwide service and vital centre of everything about Wirral, including records about WW1 and WW2, newspaper documentation, families, maps, plans, films, title deeds, legal and business papers and microfilms.

The earliest document recorded is from 1447, continuing up the present day with a strong emphasise on the 19th and 20th Century - and much, much more.

Whilst family historians form a growing user group, it also we provide key information for local, social, maritime and industrial historians, university and college students and school children, the media and tourist industries and many others.

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 and as tines throw from Woodside Ferry Village. In fact, Woodside Ferry Village will be using the Archive service to look at as much historical background to the venue and the area so we can let people know that there is an amazing story to tell.

Access to the Wirral Archives Service is by appointment only. If you wish to visit Wirral Archive Services, please bear in the mind the following:

Please contact them in advance to make an appointment and to confirm that they have the records you require. On visiting, on the intercom ring the buzzer for Wirral Archives Service and they will open the door for you remotely (it opens towards you) - follow the red squares to the Search Room

Telephone: 0151 606 2929 | Email:


Wirral Archives Service | Lower Ground Floor, Cheshire Lines Building | Canning Street, Birkenhead | Wirral CH41 1ND

There are metal steps leading down from Canning Street to the entrance of the Lower Ground Floor of the Cheshire Lines Building, although for safety reasons, they do not promote the steps for users. However, if you wish, they could bring you down from Canning Street in the lift (the lobby is to the right of the metal steps).

There is no car parking available at Cheshire Lines Building. In addition to the Bridge Street car park, car users may use the pay and display public car parks available near Conway Park Station and on Cleveland Street.

Opening Times: 1st Jan 2020 - 31st Dec 2020

Monday - Friday 09:30 - 16:30*

Saturday - Sunday Closed

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change