Contact Maritime Archives and Library

Please check out the online information sheets and frequently asked questions before contacting us as you may find your answer in these guides. Topics covered by the information sheets include how to trace your seafaring ancestors and shipping companies.

You can also search our collections online to find out which records we hold.

We do not hold:

  • Passenger lists or emigration records
  • Crew lists
  • Official records of merchant seamen
  • Official records of Royal Navy personnel

We recommend a personal visit to the archive and library. We are happy to answer enquiries about our collections but are unable to answer enquiries on maritime history nor undertake detailed research into the collections on your behalf. We are unable to provide valuations for items or collections. Please contact your nearest auction house if you require an item or collection valued.

Temporary closure

The Maritime Archives and Library will close to the public for Christmas from 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 December 2019 and will not reopen until Monday 30 March 2020 at 10.30am, due to the closure of the second floor of Merseyside Maritime Museum as we prepare the new Life on board gallery.

Staff can be contacted via email and telephone during the closure period but will only have limited access to collections.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you wish to find out more about the collections you are interested in before your visit, please either complete the following email form, telephone or write to us at:

Maritime Archives and Library
Merseyside Maritime Museum
Albert Dock
Liverpool Waterfront
L3 4AQ

0151 478 4424

Maritime Archives enquiry form

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