Baring Archive, The

60 London Wall
London EC2M 5TQ

The Baring Archive is one of the finest archives of a financial institution anywhere in the world. It contains material from the establishment in 1762 of the London merchant house of John & Francis Baring & Co, later known as Baring Brothers, through to the firm's acquisition by ING in 1995. The documents illustrate the range of Barings' business activities.

Barking & Dagenham Archives & Local Studies Centre

Archives and Local Studies Centre, Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue
Dagenham RM8 3HT

We collect, preserve and make available historical records, photographs and films on Barking and Dagenham and its people. They inspire an understanding of our rich history, pride in the borough and contribute to the development of cultural identity.

Barnet Local Studies & Archives

80 Daws Lane
London NW7 4SL

The centre holds the records of the Borough of Barnet and its predecessors for the areas of Barnet, Edgware, Finchley Golders Green and Hendon. Explore the history of this huge Borough covering 8,663 hectares and a population of 314,564.

Barts Pathology Museum

3rd Floor, Robin Brook Centre, West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

Opened in 1879 by The Prince of Wales (who later became Edward VII), the Pathology Museum is a vast space made up of 3 mezzanine levels each around 8 metres high, all linked by a beautiful spiral staircase. It contains some 5000 anatomical specimens, including forensic and historical examples, as well as corresponding archive information.

BBC Heritage Collections

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

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.

Bishopsgate Institute

230 Bishopsgate
London EC2M 4QH

Bishopsgate Institute is based in a beautiful Grade II* listed building in central London. Since 1895, we have provided an independent meeting place for people with shared interests to learn about a vast array of subjects. Explore our world-renowned collections on London history, labour and socialist history, freethought and humanism, co-operation, and protest and campaigning.

Black Cultural Archives

1 Othello Close
London SE11 4RE

Founded in 1981, Black Cultural Archives began collecting materials which would seek to redress the historical imbalance of the representation of Black people in Britain. Our reference library currently contains around 6,000 books and independently published literature. We have also recently acquired the Runnymede Collection Library which is one of the most important libraries on race relations in the country.

Brent Archives

Willesden Green Library Centre, 95 High Road
Willesden Green NW10 2SF

Brent Archives holds collections related to the London Borough of Brent and its residents. We hold the records of Brent Council and its predecessors, including council minutes and building plans, as well as historical maps and street directories, electoral registers, school records, and an extensive collection of old photographs and postcards.

British Airways Speedbird Heritage Centre

Waterside, PO Box 365
Harmondsworth UB7 0GB

British Airways Speedbird Heritage Centre's collection has existed since the formation of British Airways. It was formed to preserve the records and artefacts of British Airways predecessor companies BOAC, BEA, BSAA and the pre-war Imperial Airways and British Airways Ltd. Collections: The Collection comprises an extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of the above companies and British Airways as well as memorabilia and artefacts. Over 130 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day are preserved as well as a large collection of aircraft models and pictures. An historically important collection of thousands of photographs is also available as well as probably the most complete set of aviation posters in the UK.

British Architectural Library

RIBA, 21 Portman Square
London W1H 9HF

The British Architectural Library at the RIBA is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the United Kingdom for research and information on all aspects of architecture. The Library was established in 1834 as part of the RIBA, and today its architectural collections are one of the top three in the world and the finest in Europe.

British Library

96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom, and one of the world's greatest libraries. The John Ritblat Gallery: Treasures of the British Library, PACCAR Gallery of Living Words and the Workshop of Words, Sound and Images offer permanent displays and a changing programme of special thematic exhibitions. Collections: The British Library is custodian of the most important research collection in the world, spanning almost 3,000 years and every continent. This covers books, journals, manuscripts, stamps, patents, sound recordings, printed music and maps.

British Library Newspapers

96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

British Library Newspapers, the national archive collections in the United Kingdom of British and overseas newspapers. We are the only large, integrated national newspaper service in the world, combining facilities for the collection, preservation, and use of newspapers. See the website for details of the newspaper reading rooms at St Pancras, London and Boston Spa, Leeds.

British Library of Political & Economic Science

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

The working Library of the London School of Economics and Political Science and one of the largest libraries in the world devoted to the economic and social sciences. Its collections are significant to the study of economics, statistics, political science and public administration, international law and in the economic, political, social and international aspects of history and anthropology.

British Optical Association Museum

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

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 Postal Museum & Archive, The

Freeling House, Phoenix Place
London WC1X 0DL

The British Postal Museum & Archive cares for the visual, written and physical records of over 400 years of postal development. We are responsible for managing The Royal Mail Archive on behalf of Royal Mail Group plc. Collections: The archives relate to the operation, policy, development and social impact of the British Post Office from 1636 to the present day.

British Red Cross Society

44 Moorfields
London EC2Y 9AL

The British Red Cross Museum and Archives are based at the society's UK Office in London. The collection contains a fascinating portrait of the humanitarian work of the British Red Cross, from its beginnings in 1870 to its vital contribution in today's society. Collections: Includes material from the society's national headquarters, regions, branches and centres and items from people who served with, or received assistance from, the British Red Cross since its foundation in 1870. Highlights include the Changi Quilt and Loyd-Lindsay's flag.

Bromley Local Studies Library & Archives

Bromley Central Library, High Street
Bromley BR1 1EX

The Local Studies Library in Bromley Central Library offers resources going back hundreds of years, on topics related to the London Borough of Bromley and its environs. It has specialist collections on The Crystal Palace, Walter de la Mare and HG Wells.

Bruce Castle Museum

Lordship Lane
London N17 8NU

Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIII's court - built the oldest surviving parts of the building. Since then the building has been modified several times by new owners including the Coleraine family.

Brunel University Archives

Brunel University, Kingston Lane
Uxbridge UB8 3PH

The University Archives chart the history of Brunel University from Acton Technical College in 1928 through Brunel College of Technology in 1957 and finally to Brunel University in 1966 and the merger with West London Institute for Higher Education in 1995. The holdings include Council and Senate and other University committee minutes and papers, student administrative papers, annual reports, prospectuses, photographs, and staff and student magazines.

BT Archives

Holborn Telephone Exchange, 268-270 High Holborn
London WC1V 7EE

BT Archives preserves the historical information of British Telecommunications plc and its predecessors from the early part of the 19th century up to the present day, effectively the history of telecommunications services in the United Kingdom and from the UK to overseas. Collections: Near complete set of telephone directories for the whole country produced not only by BT, but also by its predecessors.