Regional Archives Centres

A network of Regional Archives Centres, located in host institutions in Armidale, Broken Hill, Newcastle, Wagga Wagga, Wingecarribee and Wollongong provide access to State archives of regional significance and to copies of key State archives.

Why do we have a network?

The network gives physical context to regional State archives by keeping them within the communities where they were created and gives those communities ready access to their archives.

What is a Regional Archives Centre?

A Regional Archives Centre is a public office (to date, either a university or a local council), that houses and makes available the archives of its host institution plus other State archives of regional significance. This includes archives from a range of public offices such as Local Land Boards, Schools, Councils, Police and Local Courts. The Archives Centres also house copies of our Archives Resources Kit and private collections of regional records.


The network began in 1963 when the then Archives Authority agreed to place selected public records in the custody of the University of New England at Armidale. More than 60 years later the regionalisation of NSW State Archives archival collection has evolved into a network of partner organisations that between them house over 4,000 linear metres of State archives.

Site visit to WSRC

Distributed management of state archives

An alternative to the standard option of transferring records to Museums of History NSW's custody

Regional NSW

building plan from the Broken Hill Public School file

Schools: what the files can tell you

School files very strongly reflect the growth or decline of towns and are an excellent source for your local history research

A federation style house under construction

Collections on Tour 2024

Museums of History NSW is on the road again, sharing our stories with the people of regional NSW