History and heritage societies and organisations in Greater London


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Westminster Abbey

20 Dean's Yard Westminster
London SW1P 3PA

westminster-abbey.org

Westminster Abbey is one of the world's great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. A royal church from its first beginnings, it still has the shrine of its principal founder, the Anglo-Saxon king and saint, Edward the Confessor, at the heart of the building.

West Middlesex Family History Society

1 Camellia Place, Whitton
Twickenham TW2 7HZ

west-middlesex-fhs.org.uk

West Middlesex Family History Society aims to encourage and assist those involved in the study of family history and genealogy in the western part of the ancient English county of Middlesex.

Wandsworth Heritage Service

Battersea Library, 265 Lavender Hill
London SW11 1JB

better.org.uk

Archives and local history service for Wandsworth.

Victorian Society

1 Priory Gardens
London W4 1TT

victoriansociety.org.uk

The Victorian Society is the champion for Victorian and Edwardian buildings in England and Wales. Our aims are: Conserving: to save Victorian and Edwardian buildings or groups of buildings of special architectural merit from needless destruction or disfigurement. Involving: to awaken public interest in, and appreciation of, the best of Victorian and Edwardian arts, architecture, crafts and design. Educating: to encourage the study of these and of related social history and to provide advice to owners and public authorities in regard to the preservation and repair of Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

Untold London

c/o The Museum of London
London online

untoldlondon.org.uk

Join us as we hunt through London's museums, galleries and archives for the hidden histories of a multicultural city.

Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust

London

facebook.com

The Thames Ironworks Heritage Trust's goal is to revive the shipbuilding and wider manufacturing heritage of east London. The charity aims to do this primarily through the restoration of a number of Thames Ironworks-made lifeboats close to the place where they were originally built over 100 years ago, creating employment and new skills for apprentices in the process.

Society of Genealogists

14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA

sog.org.uk

The society of Genealogists offers a unique combination of research material, guidance and support for those interested in family history. It is a charity whose objects are to promote, encourage and foster the study, science and knowledge of genealogy.

Society of Antiquaries of London

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
London W1J 0BE

sal.org.uk

The society of Antiquaries of London is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'. It celebrated its Tercentenary in 2007. The society's 2,900 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians.

Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

37 Spital Square
London E1 6DY

spab.org.uk

The society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings was founded by William Morris in 1877 to counteract the highly destructive 'restoration' of medieval buildings being practised by many Victorian architects. Today it is the largest, oldest and most technically expert national pressure group fighting to save old buildings from decay, demolition and damage.

Shakespeare's Globe

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London SE1 9DT

shakespeares-globe.org

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance through three central and inter-dependent activities: 1) The faithfully reconstructed Globe Theatre hosts an extensive exhibition about Shakespeare and the theatre of his day. 2) Producing excellent performances through productions of stimulating classic and new plays at the Globe Theatre.

SAVE Britain's Heritage

70 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 6EJ

savebritainsheritage.org

SAVE has been campaigning for historic buildings since its formation in 1975 by a group of architects, journalists and planners. SAVE is a strong, independent voice in conservation, free to respond rapidly to emergencies and to speak out loud for the historic environment.

Royal Society, The

6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

royalsociety.org

The Royal Society is the independent scientific academy of the UK and the Commonwealth dedicated to promoting excellence in science. The society plays an influential role in national and international science policy and supports developments in science, engineering and technology in a wide range of ways. The society is also the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and has been at the forefront of scientific enquiry and discovery since its foundation in 1660.

Royal Parks, The

The Old Police House, Hyde Park
London W2 2UH

royalparks.org.uk

Millions of Londoners and tourists visit the eight Royal Parks for free each year. The 5,000 acres of historic parkland provide unparalleled opportunities for enjoyment, exploration and healthy living in the heart of the capital.

Royal Institute of British Architects

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

architecture.com

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust

Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal Woolwich
Greenwich

greenwichheritage.org

At Greenwich Heritage Centre you can find out about the fascinating history of Royal Borough of Greenwich, from earliest times to the present day. Whether you are researching your family history or want to know more about an area, our friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff can help you make the most of your visit. With Charlton House, Greenwich Heritage Centre is part of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust.

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Trust

The RCVS Trust, Belgravia House, 62-64 Horseferry Road
London SW1P 2AF

rcvstrust.org.uk

The Trust's principal aims are to provide and maintain a library, to encourage education and training in veterinary medicine at all professional levels, and to promote veterinary research.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

27 Sussex Place, Regent's Park
London NW1 4RG

goo.gl

The College museum comprises a unique collection of obstetric, midwifery, surgical and gynaecological instruments and artefacts spanning over four hundred years. This collection has been built up from a series of gifts and acquisitions since the foundation of the College. 500 Years: The Birth of Modern Obstetrics and Gynaecology is a semi-permanent exhibition of objects, together with items from the library and archive collections, which has been mounted in the Education Centre of the College.

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

20 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0RN

goo.gl

The Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre is home to Europe's largest nursing specific collection of materials. In 2013 we opened an exciting new space which includes publicly accessible exhibitions, a cafe and a shop within the Library space. Also publicly accessible is a new space celebrating our Nursing History Collection - enabling visitors to browse nursing history texts, access some of our historic printed collection and to browse smaller exhibitions curated with the RCN History of Nursing Society. Collections: The Collection dates mainly from the 1850s onwards, though some earlier items are held. It comprehensively collects English language materials, focusing on nursing in the UK: .

Rose Theatre

56 Park Street
London SE1 9AR

rosetheatre.org.uk

Built in 1587 by Philip Henslowe, the Rose was the first theatre on London's Bankside. In 1989 its remains were discovered and partially excavated amidst a blaze of international press coverage.

Romany & Traveller Family History Society

c/o Flat 53, 41 Provost Street
London N1 7NB

rtfhs.org.uk

A non-political non-profit making self help group. Member of the Federation of Family History Societies.

Quaker Family History Society

3 Sheridan Place
Hampton TW12 2SB

qfhs.co.uk

The Quaker Family History Society was formed in 1993 and is a member of the Federation of Family History Societies. Our aim is to encourage and assist anyone interested in tracing the history of Quaker families in the British Isles.

Our Democratic Heritage

B142 Paul Robeson House 1 Penton Rise
Greater London WC1X 9EH

odh.org.uk

Our charity aims to strengthen the popular celebration of democratic heritage in the British cultural mainstream. While the history of the monarchy is a highly visible part of our cultural memory, democratic history is significantly less so, and ODH believes that it is important to recognize those who did so much to create the freedoms we enjoy today.

On the Record

123a Paulet Road
London SE5 9HW

on-the-record.org.uk

We are a small, not for profit cooperative Community Interest Company. We work to uncover untold stories, using oral history, digital storytelling and heritage projects.

Mausolea & Monuments Trust

70 Cowcross Street
London EC1M 8EJ

mmtrust.org.uk

The Mausolea and Monuments Trust is a charitable trust founded in 1997 for the protection and preservation of mausolea and funerary monuments situated in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Mausolea need protection because, exposed to the ravages of plants and vandals, they are all too often abandoned and friendless.

Maritime Archaeology Sea Trust

9 Avondale Park Gardens
London W11 4PR

thisismast.org

Mast is a charitable company whose aim is to investigate our maritime past through archaeology, research, study and dissemination.

Magna Carta Trust

c/o Govnet Communications 22 Long Acre
London WC2E 9LY

goo.gl

Magna Carta Trust's 800th Commemoration Committee.

London, Westminster & Middlesex Family History Society

57 Belvedere Way, Kenton
Harrow HA3 9XQ

lwmfhs.org.uk

The society's area now comprises the City of London, the City of Westminster and the London Boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Harrow and Islington, together with parts of Ealing and Hillingdon. We aim to bring together all those family historians with ancestors in the area or who live in the area.

London Pearly Kings & Queens Society

London

pearlysociety.co.uk

The London tradition of the Pearly Kings and Queens began in 1875, by a small lad named Henry Croft. The Pearly tradition has survived for over 125 years and hopefully it will continue for many more to come. We still have a few families who can be traced back to the original generation of Pearlies.

Local Studies, Richmond upon Thames

Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue
Richmond TW9 1TP

richmond.gov.uk

Archive for London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Liberal Democrat History Group

54 Midmoor Road
London SW12 0EN

liberalhistory.org.uk

The Liberal Democrat History Group promotes the discussion and research of topics relating to the histories of the British Liberal Democrats and its predecessor parties, the Liberal Party and the SDP, and of liberalism more broadly.

Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain

33 Seymour Place
London W1H 5AU

jgsgb.org.uk

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain - JGSGB - was founded in 1992 for beginners and experienced researchers: * To help one another to learn and discover more about genealogy * To encourage genealogical research * To promote the preservation of Jewish genealogical records and resources * To share information amongst members The society is open to all interested in Jewish genealogy and is constituted on a secular basis.

Jewish East End Celebration Society - JEECS

Jewish East End Celebration Society, 85- 87 Bayham Street
London NW1 0AG

jeecs.org.uk

Our aim is to increase awareness of the history and culture of London's Jewish East End, to preserve what remains and record what has now gone. Our magazine - The Cable - contains a wealth of articles and photos that will interest all who wish to rediscover the rich history of our immigrant forefathers. We organise walks, talks, film shows and more to celebrate the Jewish story.

Island History Trust

Dockland Settlement, 197 East Ferry Road
London E14 3BA

islandhistory.org.uk

The Island History Trust is a community history project dedicated to recording and preserving the history of the Isle of Dogs and the people who live there. The Isle of Dogs lies in a loop in the River Thames in the East End of London between Limehouse and Blackwall, opposite Greenwich on the South Bank.

Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Birdcage Walk, Whitehall
London SW1H 9JJ

imeche.org

Charitable professional membership organisation run by and for Mechanical Engineers. Archives include collections on mechanical engineering, as well as records of the Institution.

Institution of Engineering & Technology

2 Savoy Place
London WC2R 0BL

theiet.org

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world's leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. Founded in 1871 as the society of Telegraph Engineers, the IET now has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Collections: The entire collection of this Institution is a Designated Collection of international importance. The IET Library is a world-class collection of digital and printed resources on all areas of engineering and technology. We specialise in electrical, electronic, control and manufacturing engineering, telecommunications, computing and IT.

Institution of Civil Engineers

1 Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA

ice.org.uk

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a registered charity that strives to promote and progress civil engineering. We believe that civil engineers are 'at the heart of society, delivering sustainable development through knowledge, skills and professional expertise.' With this in mind, we are a qualifying body, a centre for the exchange of specialist knowledge, and a provider of resources to encourage innovation and excellence in the profession. The ICE was founded in 1818 and granted a royal charter in 1828. Collections: The library, archive, and works of art are Designated Collections of national importance. The Institution of Civil Engineers.

Institute of Historical Research

University of London, Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

history.ac.uk

The Institute of Historical Research is one of ten member Institutes of the School of Advanced Study, part of the University of London. Its mission is to promote the study of history and an appreciation of the importance of the past among academics and the general public, in the UK and internationally, and to provide institutional support and individual leadership for this broad historical community.

Huguenot Society of Great Britain & Ireland, The

The Huguenot Library, UCL, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

huguenotsociety.org.uk

In 1885 the society was founded by directors of the The French Hospital (founded in 1718) to promote the publication and interchange of knowledge about the Huguenots in Great Britain and Ireland, a good deal of which, over the passage of time was unknown to many of their descendants. They also aimed to form a bond of fellowship of those who, whether or not of Huguenot descent, respect and admire the Huguenots and seek to perpetuate their memory. Collections: The Library (incorporating the Library of the French Hospital) forms the most complete body of Huguenot literature in this country. It contains the archives of the French Hospital since its creation in 1718, which are vital to the Hospital's continuing work today.

Honourable Company of Master Mariners, The

HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, Victoria Embankment
London WC2R 2PN

hcmm.org.uk

The Honourable Company of Master Mariners is a City of London Livery Company open to British and Commonwealth Master Mariners from the Merchant and Royal Navies. Its livery hall is the ship HQS Wellington, on board which exhibitions periodically are staged.

Honourable Artillery Company

Armoury House, City Road
London EC1Y 2BQ

hac.org.uk

The Honourable Artillery Company's private museum is now open to members of the HAC. Members of the general public may be able to visit by appointment only.

Historypin

71 St John Street
London EC1M 4NJ

historypin.com

Historypin is a way for millions of people to come together, from across different generations, cultures and places, to share small glimpses of the past and to build up the huge story of human history. We host a website and mobile apps, partnering with hundreds of libraries, archives and museums worldwide. Historypin was created and supported by We Are What We Do, not-for-profit behaviour change company that creates ways for millions of people to do more small, good things.

Historical Association, The

59a Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4JH

history.org.uk

The Historical Association produces a wide range of resources both online and within its 3 quarterly journals for Primary and Secondary history teachers and for the general history enthusiast..

Historic Houses Association

2 Chester Street
London SW1X 7BB

hha.org.uk

The Historic Houses Association represents 1,500 historic houses, castles and gardens throughout the UK, of which a third are open to the public and many offer educational opportunities for people of all ages. Visit our website: www.hha.org.uk and click on Properties to Visit.

Historic England

1 Waterhouse Square, 138 - 142 Holborn
London EC1N 2ST

historicengland.org.uk

We're the public body that champions and protects England's historic places. We look after the historic environment, providing expert advice, helping people protect and care for it and helping the public to understand and enjoy it. The Historic England Archive is located within our Swindon office. We hold over 12 million photographs, drawings, reports and publications from the 1850s to the present day, covering the whole country. You can use our collections to: find out about your home's history; learn about your local area; research individual buildings and archaeological sites; discover England's changing urban and rural landscape.

Hillingdon Family History Society

20 Moreland Drive
Gerrards Cross SL9 8BB

hfhs.co.uk

Hillingdon Family History Society was founded in 1988 and exists to promote and encourage family history, local history and genealogy. We are affiliated to the Federation of Family History Societies.

Heritage Lottery Fund

7 Holbein Place
London SW1W 8NR

hlf.org.uk

The Heritage Lottery Fund supports projects that make a lasting difference for heritage, people and communities in the UK. Heritage includes many different things from teh past that we value and want to pass on to future generations, for example people's memories and experiences, historic buildings, cultural traditions, collections of objects, books or docuements, and natural heritage.

Heritage Alliance, The

Camelford House, 89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP

theheritagealliance.org.uk

The Heritage Alliance, established in 2002 as Heritage Link, is the biggest alliance of heritage interests in the UK and was set up to promote the central role of the non-Government movement in the heritage sector. The Heritage Alliance has 90 members; national and major regional organisations including The National Trust, the Council for British Archaeology, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and The society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) as well as many smaller and more specialised heritage groups.

Goldsmiths' Company, The

Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane
London EC2V 6BN

thegoldsmiths.co.uk

The Goldsmiths' Company is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London with its roots in the trade guilds of the Middle Ages. The collection of archives (dating from the 14th century), books, journals, negatives and slides is a most valuable resource enjoyed by historians, students, designers and picture researchers. It is available, by appointment, to members of the Company and the general public interested in the subjects of silver, jewellery, regalia, assaying and hallmarking.

Folklore Society

Warburg Institute, Woburn Square
London WC1H 0AB

folklore-society.com

The Folklore Society (FLS) is a learned society, based in London, devoted to the study of all aspects of folklore and tradition, including: ballads, folktales, fairy tales, myths, legends, traditional song and dance, folk plays, games, seasonal events, calendar customs, childlore and children's folklore, folk arts and crafts, popular belief, folk religion, material culture, vernacular language, sayings, proverbs and nursery rhymes, folk medicine, plantlore and weather lore.

English Heritage Central Office

1 Waterhouse Square, 138 - 142 Holborn
London EC1N 2ST

english-heritage.org.uk

English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and sites - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of the empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year.

English Folk Dance & Song Society, The

Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regent's Park Road
London NW1 7AY

efdss.org

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is one of the leading folk development organisations in the UK with a history dating back to 1898. It is custodian of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, an internationally renowned library and archive of the folk arts. Through its work, the EFDSS aims to place the indigenous folk arts of England at the heart of our cultural life.

England's Past for Everyone

Institute for Historical Research, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU

englandspastforeveryone.org.uk

England's Past for Everyone is a local history project run by the Victoria County History. Volunteers throughout the country are working alongside authors and researchers to produce a whole range of new resources.

Ecclesiological Society

38 Rosebery Avenue
New Malden KT3 4JS

ecclsoc.org

The society is for those who love churches. As well as our website which is packed with information and images, we organise tours, lectures, and conferences, and publish a journal twice a year.

East of London Family History Society

46 Brights Avenue
Rainham RM13 9NW

eolfhs.org.uk

The society's geographic area of interest is that part of Greater London, north of the Thames, east of the old City of London gates of Aldgate and Bishopsgate, and through the modern day London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Newham, Barking and Dagenham through Redbridge to the edge of Metropolitan Essex at Havering.

Churches Conservation Trust

Society Building, 8 All Saints Street
London N1 9RL

visitchurches.org.uk

The Churches Conservation Trust is the leading body conserving England's most beautiful and historic churches which are no longer needed for regular worship. It promotes public enjoyment of these churches, and encourages their use as an educational and community resource.

Church of England Church Buildings Council

Church House, Westminster
London SW1P 3AZ

churchcare.co.uk

Providing support, advice and guidance to The Church of England's 16,000 churches and 43 cathedrals.

British Optical Association Museum

The College of Optometrists, 42 Craven Street
London WC2N 5NG

college-optometrists.org

Now in its second century, The British Optical Association Museum, founded 1901, is a collection comprising over 13,000 outstanding items of ophthalmic and optical interest, covering the history of opticians and vision aids. The museum was entrusted to the care of the College of Optometrists in 1980 and continues to be recognised as the oldest and one of the best specialist optical collections in the world. Collections: The collection includes over 2000 pairs of spectacles, from the 17th century through to the 21st, as well as historic examples of other optical devices and aids to vision including scissor spectacles, folding eyeglasses, pince-nez, lorgnettes, magnifiers, quizzing glasses and monocles.

British Film Institute

London

bfi.org.uk

We're the British Film Institute. We promote greater understanding of and access to film and television culture.

British Commission for Military History (BCMH)

c/o Department of War Studies, King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

bcmh.org.uk

The British Commission for Military History (BCMH) promotes the discussion of military history in the broadest sense, across all periods and regions. Membership comes primarily from those working in military history in universities, museums and archives, defence and the armed forces as well as the media, heritage and cultural studies.

BBC Heritage Collections

c/o BBC Heritage, Room B027, Main Block, Television Centre, Wood Lane
London W12 7RJ

bbc.co.uk

The BBC heritage collection is a fascinating collection of arts, artefacts and historic technology from the earliest days of the BBC up to the present. We currently have items from the collection on loan to the National Media Museum in Bradford.

Archives for London

c/o London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB

archivesforlondon.org

Archives for London is the independent voice for archives in the Capital. We are a membership organisation for people who use and work with historic documents, films and photographs in or about London. AfL brings together people who are passionate about archives of the UK's capital city to sharing news and ideas and different perspectives on how archives can benefit and contribute to all our lives.

20th Century Society

70 Cowcross Street, Farringdon
London EC1M 6EJ

c20society.org.uk

The Twentieth Century Society was founded as the Thirties Society in 1979, and exists to safeguard the heritage of architecture and design in Britain from 1914 onwards. The Society's prime objectives are conservation and education.