Public Records

Introduction

Public records are the records of, or held in, any government department in the UK. They are the records of any

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  • office
  • commission
  • other body or
  • establishment

under government departments or ministries. The main repository for public records is the National Archives. This was previously known as the Public Record Office. However, certain types of public records may be deposited in other approved repositories. These include records considered worthy of permanent preservation. These are of a more regional or local interest. Approved repositories include local authority records offices. This is in accordance with the Public Records Act.

The following types of records have been deposited at Cornwall Record Office (CRO):