At 12.00pm today (23 March 2020), as part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia will close in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19. This includes art galleries, theatres, museums, and libraries across the State.

While the institutions will be closed to the general public, staff at these institutions will continue to work in the buildings.

We understand that these institutions are important elements of our community and temporarily shutting them down will cause hardship for many. However, our best medical advice is that this is a necessary step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Consequently the State Records Office of WA is closed to the public until further notice.

The SRO is still contactable via email at and through email and our on-line services, the SRO will continue to receive and respond to enquiries and requests for assistance.

Please note that while requests for digitisation of State archives will still be processed as usual, requests to view archives in person in the SRO Search Room will not be able to be fulfilled until the Search Room is re-opened.

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We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we play our part in protecting the safety of the community.


For more information about COVID-19 Coronavirus and how to protect yourself, your family and friends, and the wider community, please visit these websites:

Last updated 23 March 2020