You are able to visit the A.N. Palmer Centre to the use the documents, microforms and printed sources free of charge. If you are unable to visit the A.N. Palmer Centre in person, we are able to undertake research on your behalf.

We are able to search original records, microforms and printed sources held at the A.N. Palmer Centre. Sources include parish, non-conformist and census records, electoral registers and newspapers

Types of searches undertaken

  • Specific enquiries - searching for entries in parish registers or census returns would require a straight-forward search e.g. To find the marriage of John Jones and Mary Davies at Wrexham 1750-1760

  • Longer searches e.g. newspaper searches, checking a combination of sources, information on a building and its occupancy

We cannot undertake research of a broad or general nature e.g. 'The growth and development of Wrexham'.

Information on holdings

Information about the records and other sources we hold and how they can be used is free of charge. Requests can be submitted by telephone, post or e-mail.


Applications for research must be submitted on the official application form together with the minimum fee before any research can be carried out. Application forms should be sent to the A.N. Palmer Centre for Local Studies and Archives, Wrexham Museum, Regent Street, Wrexham LL11 1RB.

 Application for research form

The form is available to download in the following formats:

Application for research form - MS Word format 20kb  

Application for research form - PDF format 59kb

Application for research form - Plain Text format 11kb 

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Adobe Acrobat documents can be converted back to plain text using Accessible Adobe® Reader.


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Results of search

Once we have received your application form you will receive an acknowledgement and we aim to answer all enquiries within 4 weeks. However occasionally a backlog of work may result in a delay.

When the research is complete we will send a typed report giving full details of the sources checked and information found. Advice will be given on the existence and whereabouts of other relevant sources where appropriate.

We will make every effort to supply the information requested, but cannot guarantee that the search will produce a positive result.

We reserve the right to refuse to undertake a search.

Charges for research (including VAT)

The charge for research is £25 per hour (minimum one hour maximum two hours). Photocopying is charged at 10p per A4 copy and 15p per A3 copy for black and white copies and £1.00 per A4 and £1.50 per A3 copy for colour copies. Printouts from microfilm or microfiche are charged at 30p per A4 copy. An additional charge will be made for postage and packaging if necessary. Charges are reviewed annually.

Methods of payment

The payment for the minimum search must accompany the application form. Where copying is involved a further charge will be made for any photocopies/microprints supplied. Payment may be made by cheque or postal order payable to 'Wrexham County Borough Council'. If you live outside the UK payment should be made in pound sterling.

General Information

The A.N. Palmer Centre houses the local studies, archives and museum reference collections for Wrexham County Borough Heritage Services.

Reader's Ticket

If you wish to use the Centre's collections in the Search Room, you must have a valid reader's ticket. Reader's tickets are issued upon application, free of charge, and issued subject to the regulations currently in force.

Further Information

For further information and a research application form contact :

The A.N. Palmer Centre for Local Studies and Archives
Wrexham County Borough Museum
Regent Street
LL11 1RB

Tel: 01978 297480
Fax: 01978 297461

E-mail: or

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