North Hertfordshire Museums Service is the recognised repository for archaeological material found in North Hertfordshire.
There are charges for curating material from commercially funded fieldwork, found in the Deposits Policy, which you can download below. The Policy also provides information on standard box size etc. The Policy is reviewed every year and applies to all the museums in Hertfordshire that accept archaeological archives.
Library and research facilities
The Archaeological Service houses an extensive collection of books, including rare and long out-of-print works, of both local and wider interest. Also, the archives of virtually all archaeological fieldwork carried out in the district are also kept here.
Using the library
The library is situated at the Museums Resource Centre, Burymead Road, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1RT and is open for use by appointment only and is generally available during office hours on weekdays (not Tuesday afternoon or Thursday afternoon), although under special circumstances, it may be possible to open at a weekend.
The library is solely for reference and it is not possible to borrow books.
Use of the library is free for academic and personal research. Commercially funded research (for Desk-Based Assessments, Evaluations etc.) is charged at £30.00 + costs of photocopying/scanning.
It is possible for staff and volunteers of the Archaeological Service to carry out a search for you and there may be charges. Customised searches (for non-commercial research) are free for the first twenty minutes. Thereafter, there will be a charge of £30 per hour.
Archaeological collections are also stored and researchers may consult them by appointment.
There are particularly important collections of Iron Age and Romano-British material from excavations at Baldock, including the largest collection of human burials from any Roman site in Britain, Lower Palaeolithic flints from Hitchin, the prehistoric material from the site at Blackhorse Road in Letchworth Garden City and medieval finds from the deserted village of Caldecote.
Telephone: 01462 474598 or contact us online.