Public Record Office

The official archive for Northern Ireland, containing public records and privately deposited archives.

What PRONI does

PRONI aims to identify and preserve records of historical, social and cultural importance and make them available for the information, education and enjoyment of the public.

PRONI is the official place of deposit for public records in Northern Ireland. In addition, it collects a wide range of archives from private sources. PRONI also advises on and promotes best practice in archive and records management to ensure that today’s records will be available for future generations.

Public records

PRONI holds public records mainly dating from around the formation of Northern Ireland (1921) to the present day. A small number date back to the 19th and late 18th centuries.  ‘Public record’ generally refers to any document created by ‘official’ sources such as:

  • government departments
  • non-departmental public organisations
  • (courts of law, local authorities, non-departmental public bodies/quangos)

Privately deposited archives

These include business records and church registers and can range from a single emigrant letter to a vast landed estate archive containing thousands of items and spanning a 300 year period.

Document of the Month

Every month PRONI issues a Document of the Month – a document from the archives.  PRONI seeks to illuminate and celebrate archival documents within its collections which are particularly unusual, or which tie in to notable dates on the calendar. Previous documents of the month can be accessed on the PRONI website. 

Talks and events

PRONI regularly hosts and takes parts in talks and events which are open to the public on a wide range of topics. Details on upcoming events and exhibitions are listed on the events page:

What’s available online

Visiting PRONI

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) is located in Titanic Quarter Belfast, within easy reach of the city centre.

The address is:

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI)
2 Titanic Boulevard

You can find out more information about getting here and you should also note that if you are visiting for the first time, you should bring photographic identification with you:

Further information

Further information can be found at the PRONI website:


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Access to information

How to request information from the Department for Communities including Freedom of Information (FOI) and the use of our Publication Scheme.

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