Libraries and archives in Greater London

Camden Local Studies & Archives

Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road
London WC1X 8PA

Whether you are tracing the history of a building, undertaking a GCSE project, discovering the history of your family or just interested in the local history of the area where you live, the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre is the place to start. The centre contains about 180,000 items on the history of the borough and we aim to keep anything that helps reflect life in Camden past and present.

Cartoon Museum

35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH

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.

Charlton Library

Charlton Road, Greenwich
London SE7 8RE

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.

Children's Society Records & Archive Centre, The

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

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.

Cinema Museum

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

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.

City of Westminster Archives Centre

10 St Ann's Street
London SW1P 2DE

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.

Clockmakers' Museum, The

Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury
London EC2P 2EJ

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.

Constance Howard Resource & Research Centre in Textiles

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

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.

Croydon Local Studies Library

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

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