Libraries and archives in Greater London


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World Rugby Museum & Twickenham Stadium Tours

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 1DZ

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There is nowhere in England more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium. Home to England Rugby and the World Rugby Museum (WRM) - this is the ultimate experience for the rugby enthusiast. The World Rugby Museum gives a unique insight into this magnificent sport. People of all ages and nationalities can follow the history of the game from its origins in Rugby School to the present day.

Wiener Library, The

29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

wienerlibrary.co.uk

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide is one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.

Wellcome Library

183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE

wellcomelibrary.org

The Wellcome Library is one of the world's greatest collections of books, manuscripts, pictures and films around the meaning and history of medicine from the earliest times to the present day.

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, London
London NW1 2BE

wellcomecollection.org

Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. Located at 183 Euston Road, London, it explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future.

Waltham Forest Archives & Local Studies Library

Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow
London E17 9NH

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We can help you if you are interested in researching the following: your family history; the history of your house or street; the development of the local area and local communities; subjects for a school project or for academic research.

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road
London E17 9NH

walthamforest.gov.uk

Only a few minutes walk from Walthamstow's busy shopping centre, Vestry House Museum is waiting to unlock the story of the people of Waltham Forest. The museum is housed in Walthamstow's original workhouse, built in 1730 as a home for local paupers. Collections: As well as having a large social history collection of objects, the museum holds approximately 80,000 historic photographs of the Borough, is the home for the Local Studies Library and also houses the Borough Archives.

Valence House Museum

Becontree Avenue
Dagenham RM8 3HT

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Valence House is a Medieval and later timber-framed and partially moated building situated in parkland. Collections: The collection includes items from Prehistoric to modern times representing the lives of the inhabitants of the Essex parishes of Barking and Dagenham. The display areas include a reconstruction council 1945 living room and kitchen, a Victorian Servants Parlour of the 1890s and a Barking chemists shop.

UCL, Institute of Archaeology

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
London WC1H 0PY

ucl.ac.uk

The Institute of Archaeology houses fine teaching and reference collections. They include prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts from many parts of the world as well as collections of Classical Greek and Roman ceramics.

UCL Library Special Collections

c/o National Archives, Kew
Richmond TW9 4DU

ucl.ac.uk

UCL Library Special Collections is one of the foremost university collections of manuscripts, archives and rare books in the UK. It includes fine collections of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, notably from the CK Ogden Collection and Graves Library, as well as significant holdings of 18th century works, and highly important 19th and 20th century collections of personal papers, archival material, and literature, covering a vast range of subject areas, notably Latin American archives, Jewish collections and the George Orwell Archive.

UCL Art Museum

South Cloisters, University College London, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

ucl.ac.uk

Over 10,000 works of art make up the collections of UCL Art Museum, from the 1500s to the present day. Works separated by centuries are linked by a desire to experiment with new materials, theories, and reproduction techniques in order to produce new meanings, share ideas and inspire. Collections: The College Art Collections contains over 10,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from 1490 - present. Founded in 1847 when sculpture models by the neo-classical artist John Flaxman were given to UCL.

TUC Library Collections

Learning Centre, London Metropolitan University, North Campus, 236-250 Holloway Road, London, N7 6PP
London N7 6PP

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The TUC Library Collections, established in 1922 for the use of the Trades Union Congress and affiliated trade unions, moved to the London Metropolitan University in 1996. They are a major research resource for the study of all aspects of trade unions, lifelong learning and people at work. Collections: The Collections hold books, pamphlets, periodicals and ephemera relating to political and labour history from the mid 19th century to the present day. There are also archival collections, the largest of which is the Workers' Educational Association Library and Archive.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Road
London E1 4DQ

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Tower Hamlets local history library and archives covers the area of the present-day London Borough of Tower Hamlets; the original East End of London which, until 1965, comprised of the Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney. If you are interested in a building in the borough, tracing your ancestors who lived here, doing a school or college project on some aspect of the borough or are just feeling nostalgic, we may well be able to help you.

Thomas Layton Memorial & Museum Trust

CIP, Treaty Centre, High Street
Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 1ES

thomaslayton.org.uk

The Trust celebrates the legacy of Thomas Layton, who lived in Brentford, Middlesex, between 1826 and 1911. He was committed to Brentford and served on various local bodies for over 45 years, helping to develop many new buildings and services for the growing town. Thomas Layton was also an avid collector of books, prints, maps and archaeological artefacts.

Thames Discovery Programme

LAARC, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED

thamesdiscovery.org

When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open-air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public. The Thames Discovery Programme is a community archaeology project designed to monitor the exposed archaeological sites of the inter-tidal area of the Thames with volunteer support.

Sutton Archives

Central Library, St Nicholas Way
Sutton SM1 1EA

sutton.gov.uk

Sutton Local Studies & Archives Service holds primary and secondary records relating to the London Borough of Sutton and its predecessor authorities, local people, organisations and businesses.

Strawberry Hill

268 Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4ST

strawberryhillhouse.org.uk

Created by Horace Walpole in the 18th century, Strawberry Hill is internationally famous as Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture. It also inspired the first gothic novel The castle of Otranto.

St Bride Foundation

Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London EC4Y 8EQ

sbf.org.uk

In 1891, St Bride Foundation was established to provide a social, cultural and recreational centre for London's Fleet Street and its burgeoning print and publishing trade. Now, this historic site is a living and breathing community once again, with new projects, facilities and programmes expanding its central mission: to excite and inspire. At the heart of the Foundation is an unparalleled library of print, media, communications and design, believed to be the largest in the world - but its remit is becoming even more broad and exciting.

St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives & Museum

North Wing, St Bartholomew
London EC1A 7BE

bartshealth.nhs.uk

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew's Hospital, the museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history. A video relates the foundation of the hospital and life-size models bring the history of Barts to life.

SS Robin, The

SS Robin, 2D/2E Royal Victoria Place
London E14 1UQ

ssrobin.org

SS Robin is a precious diamond, a national treasure and one of London's best kept secrets. She's the world's oldest complete steamship and the last of her type in the world. Collections: SS Robin Gallery seeks to challenge perceptions by illustrating and exploring our lives and planet through extraordinary documentary images.

Southwark Local History Library

John Harvard Library, 211 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JA

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Southwark's range of historical experience is a story vividly told through surviving documents. We have gathered these historical sources at Southwark Local History Library and Archive along with information on changes in Southwark today.

Southwark Council Libraries, Arts & Heritage Service

Environment Department, Libraries, Arts and Heritage Division, Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street
London SE1

southwark.gov.uk

Southwark Council is responsible for the Cuming Museum, Southwark Local History Library and Archive, Kingswood House, the grade 2 listed house near Sydenham and currently cares for the now-closed Livesey Museum.

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.

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP

soane.org

The architect Sir John Soane's house, museum and library at No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. Collections: Sir John Soane's Museum comprises his collections and personal effects, acquired between the 1780s and his death in 1837. The museum's collections contain many important works of art and antiquities, including Hogarth's A Rake's Progress and An Election, Canaletto's Riva degli Schiavoni looking West, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, 30,000 architectural drawings, 6,857 historical volumes, 252 historical architectural models as well as important examples of furniture and decorative arts.

Science & Society Picture Library

The Science Museum, Exhibition Road
London SW7 2DD

nmsi.ac.uk

We provide transparencies, prints and digital images on loan to our clients for reproduction. A small service fee is charged for the loan of the images. Collections: BTF Collection: Over 10,000 photographs taken by the British Transport Films Unit which document life and work in Britain from the mid - 1940s to the 1960s. Daily Herald Collection: Photographs documenting every aspect of life as reflected in the work of some of Britain's finest news photographers.

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.

Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

William Booth College
London SE5 8BQ

salvationarmy.org.uk

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre tells the story of The Salvation Army from its origins in the 1860s to the present, both in the UK and overseas. The Heritage Centre includes a library, archive and museum.

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 Museums Greenwich

Park Row
Greenwich SE10 9NF

rmg.co.uk

Royal Museums Greenwich comprises of three linked sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the 17th-century Queen's House. Set among the beautiful scenery and architecture of Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the world's largest maritime museum, the Prime Meridian of the world and London's only planetarium.

Royal London Hospital Archives & Museum

Church of St Augustine with St Philip, Newark Street
London E1 1BB

The museum is located in the former crypt of a fine, late 19th century, early English style church, designed by Arthur Cawston, which has been extensively restored. The building also accommodates the Library of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Whitechapel.

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 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 Physicians

11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE

rcplondon.ac.uk

The Royal College of Physicians is the oldest medical college in England. Since our foundation by royal charter of Henry VIII in 1518, the RCP has built up magnificent collections of books, manuscripts, portraits, silver, and medical artefacts. Visit us to experience extraordinary historical and ceremonial spaces set inside a radically modern building created by Sir Denys Lasdun in 1964.

Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

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

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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

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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: .

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Gardens
Richmond TW9 3AB

kew.org

Explore glasshouses, landscapes and 250 years of history at the world's most famous garden. Climb to the treetops on the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, delve into rainforest inside the iconic Palm House or discover more on a guided tour.

Royal Air Force Museum

Grahame Park Way, Colindale
London NW9 5LL

rafmuseum.org

Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself. Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain.

Richmond Local Studies Collection

Local Studies, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave
Richmond TW9 1TP

richmond.gov.uk

The Local Studies Collection is based at the Old Town Hall, Richmond and provides access to material relating to the history of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It contains the collections previously held by the former boroughs of Barnes, Richmond and Twickenham.

RIBA Library Photographs Collection

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

ribapix.com

The Royal Institute of British Architects is the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession, supporting 40,500 members worldwide through training, publications and events, and setting standards for architectural education in the UK and overseas. The RIBA Trust manages the RIBA's cultural assets and activities including a collection of over four million items in the British Architectural Library and an extensive programme of awards, talks, exhibitions and education events.

Reminiscence Centre, The

11 Blackheath Village, Blackheath
London SE3 9LA

age-exchange.org.uk

The Reminiscence Centre in Blackheath, south-east London, is our base. Opened in 1987, the centre is visited by over 30,000 visitors each year. Collections: On the other side of our brass handled door, visitors find a 1930s shop full of authentic articles which can be handled freely and which are highly effective memory triggers. We also display many fascinating objects and documents from the first half of the 20th century, including hats and dresses, a wind-up gramophone and large collection of records, a Victorian kitchen range and wartime memorabilia, such as gas masks and ration books.

Religious Archives Group

c/o Tim Powell, The National Archives, Kew
Richmond TW9 4DU

religiousarchivesgroup.org.uk

The Religious Archives Group is a voluntary association for anybody interested in the collection, preservation and use of religious archives, and personal papers of religious leaders, in the UK. This includes archives created and used by private organisations and individuals and those in public repositories.

Queen Square Library, Archive & Museum

UCL Institute of Neurology, 1st floor, 23 Queen Square
London WC1N 3BG

queensquare.org.uk

The Queen Square Archive and Museum collections are housed in and managed by the Queen Square Library. They comprise the archives belonging to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) and those of UCL Institute of Neurology (IoN).

Parliamentary Archives

Houses of Parliament
London SW1A 0PW

parliament.uk

Parliamentary records are at the heart of our democracy. They have embodied our liberties, rights and responsibilities for over five hundred years. Collections: The Parliamentary Archives holds several million historical records relating to Parliament, dating from 1497 to present day. These include: Records of the House of Commons and House of Lords, including Acts of Parliament, Journals, Committee papers, papers laid before both Houses, and plans of roads, railways, canals and other public works desposited in relation to private bills; other collections relating to Parliament; private political papers, including those of David Lloyd George, Andrew Bonar Law and Lord Beaverbrook; records about the Palace of Westminster.

Newham Archives & Local Studies Library

Stratford Library, Stratford
London E15 1EL

newhamstory.com

London Borough of Newham's Heritage & Archives service's aims are to preserve, promote and interpret the rich diversity of the heritage of Newham, and make it accessible to all.

National Theatre Archive

NT Studio, 83-101 The Cut
London SE1 8LL

nationaltheatre.org.uk

Theatre is an ephemeral art; but the material collected in a theatre archive can help one to re-imagine a production and gain an insight into the working methods of the performers and the production team. The NT Archive is open to anyone with an interest in the National's history..Collections: The National Theatre Archive has a broader collecting policy than most theatre archives: it is our constant effort to document the history of both the administrative and creative aspects of the institution. By reference to the various series of records held at the Archive one can trace the lifecycle of any NT production from conception to design to marketing to Stage Manager.

National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT

nam.ac.uk

Discover the impact the British Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many. The National Army Museum tells the story of the British, Indian Army up to 1947 and the Commonwealth armies.

National Archives, The

Kew TW9 4DU

nationalarchives.gov.uk

The National Archives is the UK government's official archive, guaranteeing public access to over 1000 years of history with records ranging from parchment and paper scrolls through to digital files and archived websites. We are also at the heart of government information policy, to ensure the survival of today???s information for the future. Collections: Archives of the British government covering over a thousand years of world history and all seven continents from Arctic explorers and Middle Eastern embassies to papal bulls and the photographic collections of Colonial administrations.

Museum of the Order of St John

St John's Gate, St John's Lane
London EC1M 4DA

museumstjohn.org.uk

The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story - the story of the Order of St John - from its origins in 11th century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

Museum of Soho (mosoho)

St Anne's Tower, 55 Dean Street
London W1D 6AF

mosoho.org.uk

The museum was started c1990 by a group of amateurs, keen to preserve any material relating to the history of Soho. Initially, it was hoped that a traditional museum could be established,but we have gradually come round to the idea that a 'virtual' museum would actually be more feasible. We now have a large interactive touch-screen situated in Sherwood St where you can access illustrations, galleries and articles about Soho from the street.

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture - MoDA

Middlesex University, 9 Boulevard Drive, Beaufort Park
Colindale NW9 5HF

mdx.ac.uk

The museum of Domestic Design & Architecture's (MoDA) collections are available online, on tour and on request. The collections include wallpapers, textiles, designs, books, catalogues and magazines from the late 19th to the late 20th century. Collections: The Silver Studio collection at MoDA is a Designated Collection of national importance. This is the archive of one of Britain's leading commercial design studios active between 1880 and 1963, and comprises over 40,000 designs on paper, samples, pattern books and an archive of the Studio's letters, diaries, visual reference material, trade cards and other printed ephemera.

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street
Croydon CR9 1ET

museumofcroydon.com

The museum of Croydon is built on the fascinating objects and stories of the people who have lived, loved and worked in Croydon. The displays cover the history of Croydon from 1800 to the present day, with changing exhibitions in our Croydon NOW area and temporary exhibition gallery.

Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

Empress State Building Lillie Road
Fulham SW6 1TR

met.police.uk

The Collection has a display of historical artefacts relating to the history of the Metropolitan Police. This includes old records, uniforms, truncheons, and equipment.

London South Bank University Archives Centre

London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road
London SE1 0AA

lsbu.ac.uk

An archive service holding the corporate and historic records of London South Bank University and its predecessor bodies. The University Archives Centre collects and makes accessible the institutional archives of London South Bank University (LSBU) and its amalgamated institutions. Collections: We hold material tracing LSBU's history from its foundation as the Borough Polytechnic Institute in 1892 to the present day.

London Metropolitan Archives

40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB

cityoflondon.gov.uk

LMA holds archives about the administrative, social and family history of London. Over 105km of shelving store records of schools, churches, hospitals, businesses, local government and much more.

Lindley Library - Royal Horticultural Society, The

80 Vincent Square
London SW1P 2PE

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The RHS Lindley Libraries are the largest visual and written resource on horticulture in the world. Collections, including books, art, photographs, and archives span 500 years of Britain's gardening history.

Library & Museum of Freemasonry, The

Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ

london.museum

One of the finest publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world. The collections illustrate the international, social and ethnic diversity of the membership including royalty, public figures, scientists and writers as well as the many millions of members from all walks of life. The museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia.

Lewisham Heritage

199-201 Lewisham High Street
London SE13 6LG

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Lewisham Heritage is responsible for the archives, local history, museum and art collections of the London Borough of Lewisham. The Local History and Archives Centre holds historic materials for the borough of Lewisham and is situated in Lewisham Library.

Lesbian & Gay Newsmedia Archive

LAGNA, Bishopsgate Library, Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QH

lagna.org.uk

LAGNA consists primarily of a collection of 200,000 press cuttings covering all aspects of lesbian and gay life from the 1930s to the present. The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive is open to anyone with an interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender history.

Lambeth Palace Library

Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7JU

lambethpalacelibrary.org

Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England. The Library focuses on ecclesiastical history, but its rich collections are important for an immense variety of topics from the history of art and architecture to colonial and Commonwealth history, and for innumerable aspects of English social, political and economic history.

Lambeth Archives

Minet Library, 52 Knatchbull Road
London SE5 9QY

lambeth.gov.uk

Lambeth Archives is the borough's record office and local history library and is open to the public, free of charge. Whether you want to trace a house history, discover the origins of your neighbourhood, trace your family history, or look at the records of Lambeth Council staff will guide and assist you through our collections of historical material.

Kingston Museum & Heritage Service

Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS

kingston.gov.uk

Kingston Museum was built in 1904. The museum has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins, Town of Kings (telling the story of the Borough from Saxon times) and Eadweard Muybridge. There is also an art gallery for special exhibitions.

Kingston Local History Room

Room 46, North Kingston Centre, Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames KT2 5PE

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The Kingston Museum and Heritage Service manages the museum, the Local History Room and our archives.

Kensington & Chelsea Local Studies

Kensington Central Library, Phillimore Walk
London W8 7RX

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The Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies collection is housed at Kensington Central Library. It contains all the borough's material on the history of both Kensington and Chelsea, including books, newspapers, illustrations (these include prints, photographs, paintings and drawings: we also hold a large collection of maps including Ordnance Survey, parish and general maps of London), census returns, electoral registers, manuscripts, ephemera and other archive material.

Jewish Museum London

Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town
London NW1 7NB

jewishmuseum.org.uk

The Jewish Museum London celebrates Jewish life and cultural diversity. The collections held by The Jewish Museum are unique in the UK for their rich representation of items of Judaica, in particular with an English provenance.

Islington Local History Centre & Museum

245 St John Street, Islington
London EC1V 4NB

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The New Islington Museum opened its doors in May 2008. Using its collection it explores the boroughs history through a number of exciting ways. Collections: Islington Museum.

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.

HQS Wellington & the Wellington Trust

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

thewellingtontrust.com

Launched in 1934, the HQS Wellington is the last surviving member of the Royal Navy's Grimsby class of sloops. After 4 years of duty in the South Pacific, the ship served with distinction in the Second World War. Collections: Historic charts, silver and gold, ship models, paintings and maritime artefacts.

Horniman Museum & Gardens

100 London Road, Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ

horniman.ac.uk

The Horniman has a unique range of exhibitions, events and activities which illustrate the cultural and natural world. Our collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments provide the inspiration for our programme of permanent and temporary exhibitions and events and activities.

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.

Hillingdon Local Studies, Archives & Museum Service

Central Library, 14-16 High Street
Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 1HD

hillingdon.gov.uk

Hillingdon Local Studies, Archives and Museum Service exists to: take care of the Borough's collections of historic material, help local people find out about their heritage, promote responsible care for all historic items, old and new, and work for the establishment of a Borough Museum in Hillingdon. The Service is Hillingdon's museum and records service.

Harrow Civic Centre Reference Library

Civic Centre Reference Library, P.O. Box 4, Civic Centre, Station Road
Harrow HA1 2XY

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If you are tracing your family history, researching the history of a building, or just have an interest in the local area, please come in and use our resources.

Haringey Archive Service

Archivist, Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane
London N17 8NU

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The service holds the archives and the local history library and collections of the borough of Haringey.

Hammersmith & Fulham Archives & Local History Centre

The Lilla Huset, 191 Talgarth Road
London W6 8BJ

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The work of the archives covers the history of the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. We are particularly concerned with its administrative history but our collection illustrates other aspects too.

Hall-Carpenter Archives

Archives Division, Library of the London School of Economics & Political Science, 10 Portugal Street
London WC2A 2HD

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The Hall-Carpenter Archives (HCA) founded in 1982 are the largest source for the study of gay activism in Britain which followed the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1958. Collections: Archives of gay organisations and activists, and a periodicals collection which includes complete runs of most British and Irish gay serials including Gay News and Capital Gay, and many newsletters from lesbian and gay groups throughout the UK.

Hackney Archives

2nd floor, Dalston CLR James Library and, Dalston Square
London E8 3BQ

hackney.gov.uk

Hackney Archives looks after the archives of the London Borough of Hackney - the administrative records of the borough council and its predecessors back to 1700, together with the records of organisations and individuals with links to the area of the modern London borough.

Guildhall Library

Aldermanbury
London EC2V 7HH

cityoflondon.gov.uk

Guildhall Library, the library of London history, holds the world's largest collection of material devoted to a single city. With titles from the 13th century to the present day, it tells the remarkable story of 2,000 years of life in the capital and covers all aspects of life in London, past and present. Our free temporary exhibitions focus on the library's collections and the history of London, from the history of the City Livery Companies to Shakespeare and the Great Plague.

Guardian News & Media Archive

Kings Place, 90 York Way
London N1 9GU

guardian.co.uk

The GNM Archive preserves and promotes the histories and values of the Guardian and Observer newspapers by collecting and making accessible archive material that provides an accurate and comprehensive history of the papers. It holds the Guardian Archive, the Observer Archive and personal collections of journalists, cartoonists and photographers associated with the papers.

Greenwich Heritage Centre

Artillery Square, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
London SE18 6ST

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The Heritage Centre brings together the former Borough Museum and Local History Library to offer a wealth of information and fascinating displays about the history of Greenwich. Collections: A free exhibition, 'Inside the Arsenal' tells the amazing story of the Royal Arsenal and the surrounding area through the lives of the people who lived and worked there.

George Padmore Institute

76 Stroud Green Road, Finsbury Park
London N4 3EN

georgepadmoreinstitute.org

The GPI is an archive, educational research and information centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent, in Britain and continental Europe.

Garden Museum

5 Lambeth Palace Road
London SE1 7LB

gardenmuseum.org.uk

The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events, symposia and garden. Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or even architecture the museum has something for you. Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament, the museum has a spectacular home in the former St Mary-at-Lambeth Parish Church, which itself its steeped in history and has some interesting stories to tell. For example, the tomb of the John Tradescants, gardeners to Charles I and adventurous plant hunters, can be found in the museum Garden.

Galton Collection, UCL

Galton Collection, University College London, Wolfson House, 4 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HE

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The Galton Collection comprises the scientific instruments, papers, and personal memorabilia left to University College London on the death of Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911). Galton set up a Eugenics Laboratory at UCL, and is chiefly remembered for inventing fingerprinting, and for his work in eugenics, statistics, biometry, composite photography, and meteorology. Collections: The collection contains Galton's fingerprinting kits, craniometers, numerous other measuring instruments, his desk, bookcase, bust, curios from his travels as a young man, his personal possessions, and research papers.

Freud Museum London

20 Maresfield Gardens
London NW3 5SX

freud.org.uk

Listed house in Hampstead where Sigmund Freud and his family lived after fleeing the Nazis in 1938. Collections: Sigmund Freud's large collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Oriental antiquities and his library. His study with the psychoanalytic couch preserve his working environment.

Firepower, The Royal Artillery Museum

Firepower, Royal Artillery Museum, Royal Arsenal
London SE18 6ST

firepower.org.uk

The museum tells the story of the Gunners - the 2.5 million men and women of the Royal Artillery, the part they have played in history and their role in today's British Army. Tales of extraordinary heroism and endeavour are presented alongside explanations the technological and scientific advances driven by the development of artillery from Roman times to the present day.

Faber Archive

The Archive, Faber and Faber Ltd, Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DA

faber.co.uk

With a distinguished history stretching back to the mid-1920s, and featuring many of the greatest literary and artistic figures of the 20th century, Faber and Faber has preserved a unique publishing archive. This is still an integral part of the company, and is used to support new editions, but is a great potential resource for anyone interested to learn more about the firm and its great authors.

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.

Enfield Museum

Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road
Enfield, Middlesex EN2 6DS

enfield.gov.uk

Enfield Museum Service aims to reflect the history and cultural diversity of Enfield through advancing an understanding of our collective past and shared future. It is responsible for the care, display and interpretation of collections through temporary exhibitions and events, which aim to make the collections accessible to all the people of Enfield.

Enfield Local Studies Library & Archive

Thomas Hardy House (1st floor), 39 London Road
Enfield EN2 6DS

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Enfield Library and Museum service has a dedicated Local Studies Library and archive at Thomas Hardy House in Enfield Town. Archive material includes records relating to the three former local authorities of Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate.

Ealing Local History Centre

103 Ealing Broadway Centre (first floor), The Broadway
London W5 5JY

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Are you working on a school project? Did your family come from Ealing? Did any famous people live in Ealing? What is the story of that interesting building you pass every day? If you are looking for the answers to these questions, then Ealing Library is a good place to start. We have a wide range of local history resources and can offer you help and advice on researching local and family history.

Croydon Local Studies Library

Local Studies Library, Level 3, Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street
Croydon CR9 1ET

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We collect books, photographs, maps, newspapers and other items that are of value in the study of the past, present and future of Croydon.

Constance Howard Resource & Research Centre in Textiles

Visual Arts Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London, High Street, New Cross
London SE14 6NW

goldsmiths.ac.uk

The orginal collection was formed in the 1980s and reflected the pedagogic principals of Constance Howard and Audrey Walker, two former Heads of Textiles at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Collections: The contents of the material archive is an eclectic, international treasure trove of textiles which are extraordinarily rich in breadth and diversity, ranging from full-scale quilts to tiny fragments of embroidery and lace. There is a special archive of techno-fabrics from Nuno in Japan and donations by ex-graduates from the 1980s and 1990s.

Clockmakers' Museum, The

Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London EC2P 2EJ

clockmakers.org

The museum was founded in 1813 and is the oldest collection specifically of clocks, watches and marine timekeepers in the world. It has been open to the public (free) since 1873.

City of Westminster Archives Centre

10 St Ann's Street
London SW1P 2DE

westminster.gov.uk

Westminster Archives Centre is a vast source of information on family, local, business and community history. Our local government records date back to 1460 and we have extensive collections of visual material, including over 60,000 prints and photographs. Special collections include the William Blake Collection and a Theatre Collection. The centre holds archives of Liberty & Co, Jaeger, and Gillow.

Cinema Museum

The Master's House, 2 Dugard Way, off Renfrew Road
London SE11 4TH

cinemamuseum.org.uk

The Cinema Museum is a charitable organisation founded in 1986. The content of The Cinema Museum ranges from items relating to film production to film exhibition and the experience of cinema going.

Children's Society Records & Archive Centre, The

Records and Archives Centre, The Children's Society, Edward Rudolf House, Margery Street
London WC1X 0JL

hiddenlives.org.uk

The Children's Society was founded in 1881 by Edward Rudolf, who wanted to help the vulnerable children he saw around him in Victorian Britain. In its early history, The Children's Society (then known as The Waifs and Strays Society) did this by running a network of children's homes for poor and disadvantaged children. The Hidden Lives Revealed website has information on children's homes up to the 1980s, and focuses on the period 1881-1918. It includes unique archive material about poor and disadvantaged children cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society.

Charlton Library

Charlton Road, Greenwich
London SE7 8RE

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Charlton House is regarded as the best-preserved ambitious Jacobean house in Greater London. It was built in 1607-12 of red brick with stone dressing, and has an 'E'-plan layout.

Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH

cartoonmuseum.org

The Cartoon Museum exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. There is also a shop, an archive and a reference library.