Wells City Archives and Civic Assets


The City Council is the custodian of a wide range of artefacts ranging from the tiniest seal to large portraits and from civic gifts to furniture and Caroline maces.

It is less well known that the City Council also cares for a unique collection of records which go back far beyond the Charter granted by King John in 1201 and which chart a fascinating history of civic life and business through the ages. For more details about the documents in Wells City Archives, click here.

The care of all of these and their promotion through exhibitions is overseen by the Archives & Civic Assets Committee and the City's Archivist.

Wells City Archives - Enquiries and Visitors

Everybody is welcome to use the City Archives, brief queries by letter, ‘phone or email are welcome. If you wish to visit the Archives, you can do so on Tuesday mornings, from 9.30 to 12.00. The Archives Reading Room is at Wells & Mendip Museum, 8 Cathedral Green, Wells, Somerset BA5 2UE.

Visits to the Reading Room are by appointment only.

If you have an enquiry or wish to arrange a visit, please contact Dr Julia Wood, the City Archivist, via our contact us page, or telephone her at the Town Hall on 01749 673091 on a Monday afternoon.

Advance Notice of Temporary Closure

We apologise that Wells City Archives will be closed to readers and to enquiries during the month of December 2018. This is to allow stocktaking to be carried out. The Reading Room will re-open on 8th January 2019. Please still send your enquiries to the City Archivist if you wish, and she will start dealing with them on 8th January 2019.

King Richard II

Illuminated capital letter ‘R’ containing a portrait of King Richard II, rare on a charter of this date, from Letters Patent of King Richard II, 1394 (Wells City Charter No. 13)
© Wells City Archives

 

 



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