The museum has some rare books and manuscripts in its research library. A team of volunteers has been trained to support visitors in their search for people, places and publications. The library will be staffed from 12.00 to 16.00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Other times/days can be arranged by prior appointment.
Access to the library during these times is free to Friends of the Museum. Other visitors will have the first half hour free then a charge will be made. If anyone wishes a member of the research team to undertake research on their behalf, please enquire as to cost.
The museum has a database with the census records for Congleton and the surrounding area dating back to 1831 to 1911. This allows researchers to search the census records for data such as name/surname, job, address and age.
Researchers can access the database by becoming Friends of Congleton Museum.
The database was developed by Keith Heron, a friend of the museum.
The museum has an extensive local history reference library. It contains publications associated with Congleton and the surrounding area.
The museum’s extensive archive collection includes the town’s charters and account books as well as estate, business and private papers.
Photographs are a very evocative way of presenting the past. The museum has an extensive image bank of over 5,000 pictures, which provide a visual history of Congleton.