Libraries and archives in Greater London

Society of Antiquaries of London

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
London W1J 0BE

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 of Genealogists

14 Charterhouse Buildings, Goswell Road
London EC1M 7BA

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.

Southwark Council Libraries, Arts & Heritage Service

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

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.

Southwark Local History Library

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

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.

SS Robin, The

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

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.

St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives & Museum

North Wing, St Bartholomew
London EC1A 7BE

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.

St Bride Foundation

Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London EC4Y 8EQ

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.

Strawberry Hill

268 Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 4ST

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.

Sutton Archives

Central Library, St Nicholas Way
Sutton SM1 1EA

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.

Thames Discovery Programme

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

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.

Thomas Layton Memorial & Museum Trust

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

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.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives

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

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.

TUC Library Collections

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

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.

UCL Art Museum

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

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.

UCL Library Special Collections

c/o National Archives, Kew
Richmond TW9 4DU

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, Institute of Archaeology

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

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.

Valence House Museum

Becontree Avenue
Dagenham RM8 3HT

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.

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road
London E17 9NH

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.

Waltham Forest Archives & Local Studies Library

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

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.

Wellcome Collection

183 Euston Road, London
London NW1 2BE

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.

Wellcome Library

183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE

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.

Wiener Library, The

29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

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.

World Rugby Museum & Twickenham Stadium Tours

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 1DZ

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.