Libraries and archives in Greater London

Religious Archives Group

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

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.

Reminiscence Centre, The

11 Blackheath Village, Blackheath
London SE3 9LA

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.

RIBA Library Photographs Collection

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

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.

Richmond Local Studies Collection

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

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.

Royal Air Force Museum

Grahame Park Way, Colindale
London NW9 5LL

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.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Gardens
Richmond TW9 3AB

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 College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

20 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0RN

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 College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

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

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 Physicians

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

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 Veterinary Surgeons Trust

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

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 Institute of British Architects

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

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

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 Museums Greenwich

Park Row
Greenwich SE10 9NF

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 Society, The

6-9 Carlton House Terrace
London SW1Y 5AG

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.