St John's has an archive containing documents dating back to 1610.

Celebrating and sharing our heritage remains an integral part of St John’s today. Our extensive archive spans twelve collections and five centuries of the charity’s history.

Our archive preserves a varied assortment of objects and documents that collectively forms a great resource to those interested in our charitable, economic, genealogical, religious and social history.
As St John’s was founded in 1174 the depth and diversity of the archive makes it an invaluable source material for historians, students and researchers alike. Our earliest records date from 1610!

Our archive gives an interesting glimpse in to the lives of the people of Bath and include details of;

People who were considered for or received sheltered housing or support.
The administration of St John’s and other related charities.
The architectural history of Bath, including leases and building plans of properties throughout the city.

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Booking an appointment

Anyone is welcome to visit us and view our records. We have highly trained staff responsible for carrying out all searches within our archive catalogue and they’ll be on hand to help you find what you’re looking for. There will be a charge of £25 per hour to access our archives. Simply contact our Governance & Information Manager, Sunny Seregen, to discuss your area of interest and to book an appointment.