13th/18th Royal Hussar - Queen Mary's Own

Cannon Hall, Cawthorne
Barnsley S75 4AT


As with the regiment, The Light Dragoons Regimental Association was born from the amalgamation of two thriving Regimental Associations, 13/18H and 15/19H in December 1992. Centred around the administrative offices of Home Headquarters, its primary objectives are in maintaining contact between former members, fostering mutual friendship and providing for social gatherings.

2nd Air Division Memorial Library

2nd Air Division Memorial Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain
Norwich NR2 1AW


During the Second World War over 6,700 young Americans, members of the 2nd Air Division of the 8th United States Army Air Forces, based in Norfolk and Suffolk England, lost their lives in the line of duty. Collections: The purpose of the library is to house a collection of materials about American freedom, culture, and life, about the Second World War in the air, and about the special relationship between the people of the UK and the people of the United States.

448th Bomb Group Collection / Seething WWII USAAF Control Tower

448th BG Collection, Stanmare, Seething St, Seething; Seething Control Tower, Toad Lane, Seething .
Norwich NR15 1AL


Seething Control Tower is a restored WWII control tower. The 448th Bomb Group flew B24 Liberator Bombers on 262 Mission and 500 men lost from November to June. We have lots of memorabilia, displays and the 448th BG collection consisting of large collection of photographs and albums of 448th veterans stories/war diaries.

Abbotsford House

Melrose TD6 9BQ


Abbotsford is the house built and lived in by Sir Walter Scott, the 19th century novelist, and author of timeless classics such as Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe and The Lady of the Lake. In 1811 Sir Walter bought the property which was to become Abbotsford, set in the heart of the Scottish Borders, on the banks of the River Tweed.

Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives

Old Aberdeen House, Dunbar Street
Aberdeen AB24 3UJ


Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives exists to collect and preserve historical records relating to the City of Aberdeen and its locality and to secure significant modern records for future generations.

Alderney Museum

The Alderney Society, The Museum, High Street
Alderney GY9 3TG


The museum collection on display reveals an island community changing over the years to both external and internal pressures. Alderney has a fascinating history starting with extensive Stone, Bronze and Iron Age activity, with object evidence of historically important Roman activity at Longy. The Victorian era brought huge change to Alderney and the landscape it still dominated by Queen Victoria's interest in the island as a defence harbour from the French. Most recently the Second World War had an extreme effect on Alderney when all but a few of the island's inhabitants were evacuated and the island occupied by German forces for the duration of the war.

Allied Air Forces Memorial & Yorkshire Air Museum

Halifax way Elvington
York YO41 4AU


A Memorial Museum based on an authentic WWII Bomber Command Base, RAF Elvington, now the largest example of its type open to the public. Original buildings, including the Control Tower, now house some 15 fascinating exhibitions, including 'Against the Odds' the story of Bomber Command and 'Pioneers of Aviation', charting the work of Yorkshire aviation pioneers such as Sir George Cayley, the inventor of the aeroplane, Robert Blackburn and aviators such as Amy Johnson. The internationally renowned aircraft collection covers the birth of manned flight with the Cayley Glider, through WWI and WWII to the supersonic age.

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

21 Portland Place
London W1B 1PY


All the collections (museum, library and archive) relate to the history of anaesthesia, pain relief and resuscitation and celebrate the people who helped the specialty to develop.

Anglesey Archives Service

Industrial Estate Road, Bryn Cefni Industrial Estate
Llangefni LL77 7JA


Anglesey Archives collects and preserve historical documents relating to the island of Anglesey and makes them available to anyone who wishes to use them. The Anglesey Archives Service operates a booking system.

Angus Archives

Hunter Library, Restenneth Priory
Forfar DD8 2SZ


Angus Archives is a vast collection of items covering 800 years of the history of Angus and its people. The archives house and preserve the area's written, printed and photographic history.

Angus Library & Archive, The

Regent's Park College, Pusey Street
Oxford OX1 2LB


Leading collection of Baptist history and heritage. The Angus Library and Archive has extensive archive collections including manuscript collections from key Baptist people such as William Carey, CH Spurgeon, Joshua and Hannah Marshman and William Ward, EA Payne, and JH Rushbrooke. It also holds manuscripts for leading Baptist families such as Angus, Steele, Whitaker, and Reeves.

Archaeology Centre - Surrey Heath Archaeology & Heritage Trust

Surrey Heath Archaeology and Heritage Trust, 4-10 London Road
Bagshot GU19 5HN


We hold extensive collections of borderware pottery, clay pipes and coins. All the collections are available for viewing at the centre.

Archives & Records Association

Prioryfield House, 20 Canon Street
Taunton TA1 1SW


On 1 June 2010 the Archives and Records Association (ARA) was officially formed as a result of a merger of the National Council on Archives; the Association of Chief Archivists in Local Government (ACALG) and the society of Archivists (SoA). With the creation of ARA, the National Council on Archives ceased to operate as an independent group. Ongoing NCA activities are now continued by the new organisation, further information about which can be found at www.archives.org.uk The website of the National Council on Archives continues to serve as a resource for professional literature.

Archives for London

c/o London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road
London EC1R 0HB


Archives for London is the independent voice for archives in the Capital. We are a membership organisation for people who use and work with historic documents, films and photographs in or about London. AfL brings together people who are passionate about archives of the UK's capital city to sharing news and ideas and different perspectives on how archives can benefit and contribute to all our lives.

Archives+ at Manchester Central Library

Central Library, St Peter's Square
Manchester M2 5PD


Archives+ is an exciting City Centre showcase and repository for archives and family history. Situated in the magnificent Manchester Central Library, this purpose-built centre brings together a partnership of amazing regional and national collections of documents, photographs and films, and helps to satisfy a growing demand for accessible community history and personal heritage.

Argyll & Bute Council Archives

Manse Brae Area Office
Lochgilphead PA31 8QU


The Archives (records office) holds and preserves the official records of Argyll and Bute Council and also the records of the organisations whose functions the council inherited. These organisations include: the Commissioners of Supply, parish councils, burgh councils, schools, school boards, Argyll County Council and Bute County Council.

Armitt Library & Museum

Armitt Library and Museum Centre, Rydal Road
Ambleside LA22 9BL


The Armitt is a unique place combining Gallery, Museum and Library. It is a treasure-house for scholarship and fun, art and entertainment.

Army Children Archive (TACA), The


A virtual, not-for-profit archive in the form of a website that chronicles the history of British army children from the 17th century to date. It aims to collect, record and preserve relevant information and also to raise awareness of the unique aspects of growing up as the child of a serving soldier in the British Army.

Artemis Archery research collection

Yew Corner
Oldland N/A


Extensive representative collection of traditional recreational bows, arrows and other artefacts. Associated badges, medals, prints and ephemera.

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel Castle and Gardens
Arundel BN18 9AB


There is nearly 1,000 years of history at this great castle, situated in magnificent grounds overlooking the River Arun in West Sussex and built at the end of the 11th century by Roger de Montgomery, Earl of Arundel. Collections: The results of all this history are concentrated at the castle, which houses a fascinating collection of fine furniture dating from the 16th century, tapestries, clocks, and portraits by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Mytens, Lawrence, Reynolds, etc. Personal possessions of Mary, Queen of Scots and a selection of historical, religious and heraldic items from the Duke of Norfolk's collection are also on display.

Ashwell Village Museum

Swan Street, Ashwell
Baldock SG7 5NY


Ashwell Museum is full of the everyday objects of life in the village and the surrounding countryside from the Stone Age to the present day. The collection has grown over the years and is still growing through the generosity of many people.

Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Trust

Downside, Stockley Lane
Calne SN11 0NF


Although the majority of the collection is cars, the museum also houses an impressive collection of lorries, motorcycles, mopeds, push bikes, and a large selection of vehicle manuals and other archive material, and a large collection of motor memorabilia.

Aviva Group Archive

8 Surrey Street
Norwich NR1 3NG


Our archive is acknowledged as the most important insurance industry archive in the UK. Discover some of the facts and stories from our 300-year history.

Bankfield Museum

Boothtown Road
Halifax HX3 6HG


With its internationally important collection of textiles, weird and wonderful objects from around the world, and a varied programme of exhibitions and events, there is much to see and enjoy. The historic house of the Akroyd family is also home to the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Museum and the Marble Gallery, a new selling space for contemporary craft.

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.

Barlborough Heritage & Resource Centre

1 Ward Lane, Barlborough
Chesterfield S43 4JD


A Village Heritage Centre. Exhibitions and displays of the local history and heritage of this agricultural and mining area.

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.

Barnet Museum

31 Wood Street
Barnet EN5 4BE


Barnet Museum was opened in March 1938 at 31 Wood Street, to house the collection of the Barnet & District Local History Society . Its building is an attractive early Georgian house in the heart of Chipping Barnet.

Barnsley Archives & Local Studies

Barnsley Central Library, Shambles Street
Barnsley S70 2JF


Our archives and local studies exist to preserve and make available historic records and printed material relating to the borough.

Barrow Archive & Local Studies Centre

Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Barrow, 140 Duke Street
Barrow-in-Furness LA14 1XW


Original historical documents relating to the area of Furness (Lancashire North of the Sands) and South West Cumberland, particularly for Barrow, Ulverston and Millom.

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.

Bata Reminiscence & Resource Centre

East Tilbury Library, Princess Avenue
East Tilbury RM18 8ST


A self-funding organisation set up to collect the memories of people who have lived and worked within the British Bata Community at East Tilbury in Essex over the past 70 years. The collection has grown at an enormous rate and we now have a very large collection of artefacts and photographs dealing with this unique community.

Bath & North East Somerset Record Office

Guildhall, High Street
Bath BA1 5AW


Are you interested in the history of Bath? The record office collects, preserves and makes available to everyone historical records relating to Bath. These records include documents from the 12th century to the present day, reflecting all aspects of life in Bath.

Battle Museum of Local History

The Almonry, High Street
Battle TN33 0EA


The Battle Museum was born from the preparations to celebrate the 'Festival of Britain' in 1951. From this 'Battle District Historical Society' was formed. Artefacts were given to the society who set up a small permanent museum in 1953. Various venues housed the museum until it moved to Langton House in 1965.

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.

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish Museum
Beamish DH9 0RG


Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Founded in 1970 to illustrate the development of industry, agriculture and the way of life in the North East of England, Beamish is situated in 300 acres of woodland and farmland. Home Farm, a fine 19th century model farmstead, and Pockerley Old Hall, with its medieval stronghouse dating to the 1400s, are both listed buildings preserved in situ.

Beaney Art Museum & Library, The

18 High Street
Canterbury CT1 2RA


The Beaney is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury.

Bedfordshire & Luton Archives & Record Service

Beds & Luton Archives & Records Service, Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP


We are the County Record Office for Bedfordshire, based in Riverside Building, Borough Hall, Bedford, where visitors are welcome to come in and use the archives for research.

Berkshire Library & Museum of Freemasonry, The

Sindlesham Court Ltd., Mole Road
Sindlesham RG41 5EA


The Berkshire Library and Museum of Freemasonry houses an extensive range of books and a fascinating collection of masonic artefacts.

Berkshire Medical Heritage Centre

Level 4, Main Entrance, Royal Berkshire Hospital
Reading RG1 5AN

The Heritage Centre was founded in 1997. Our aim is to preserve and display items of historical medical interest particularly those with a local connection.

Berkshire Record Office

9 Coley Avenue
Reading RG1 4QN


The Berkshire Record Office is the archives of the Royal County of Berkshire. We look after nearly nine hundred years of the county's history. On our website you can discover more about our holdings and how to use us, as well as see some of the treasures from our collections.

Berwick Record Office

Berwick Record Office Council Offices Wallace green
Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1ED


The Berwick-upon-Tweed Record Office was established in 1980 as a branch of the then Northumberland County Archives Service. It holds records relating to the former Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed which extended from Berwick, south to Ellingham, west to Ingram and north to Carham on the River Tweed.

Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives & Museum

The Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road
Beckenham BR3 3BX


Founded in 1247, Bethlem Royal Hospital is now located in Beckenham, South London, as part of the wider South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The Archives and Museum service is dedicated to the history of mental health treatment, and includes historical and archival material as well as a large art collection. Collections: Collections illustrate aspects of mental health and mental healthcare. They include archives of Bethlem Hospital (the original 'Bedlam') and the Maudsley Hospital (founded in the 20th century, influential in psychiatric teaching and research).

Bexley Local Studies & Archive Centre

Townley Road
Bexleyheath DA6 7HJ


Our collections include the records of the London Borough of Bexley and its predecessors, schools, churches, estates, people, businesses and societies. We have newspapers from 1873 to the present; unique photographs, postcards and illustrations; books and journals on all aspects of Bexley, Kent and London; pamphlets; posters; oral histories; local maps and plans, from around the 18th century to present; census records; street and trade directories and south east London telephone directories from 1940 onwards.

Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema & Popular Culture

University of Exeter, Old Library Building, Prince of Wales Road
Exeter EX4 4SB


The Bill Douglas Centre opened in 1997 as part of the University of Exeter's developing film studies programme. The museum is dedicated to the history of the moving image. Collections: The centre houses one of the largest collections of film- and cinema-related memorabilia in the UK, including Disney toys, posters, film stills, sheet music, postcards, campaign material and an extensive library. The collections also represent the wealth of Victorian optical entertainments, including shadow puppets, magic lanterns, panoramas, zoetropes and peepshows.

Birmingham City University Art & Design Archives

Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street
Birmingham B4 7BD


Birmingham City University Art and Design Archives contains both art and archival collections. There are 16 different archives and collections in the archives.

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.

Blaenavon World Heritage Centre

Church Road
Blaenavon NP4 9AE


Visit a modern attraction in the first school in Wales built (in 1816) by ironmasters for their workers. Inside you will find interactive exhibitions telling the story of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and its residents through history - it should be your first port of call to understand the World Heritage Landscape.

Bodleian Library

Catte Street
Oxford OX1 3BG


The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford form the largest university library system in the United Kingdom. They include the principal University library - the Bodleian Library - which has been a library of legal deposit for 400 years; major research libraries; and libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions of the University.

Bognor Regis Local History Museum

69 High Street
Bognor Regis PO21 1RY


Bognor Regis Local History Society was formed in 1979 to promote research into, and recording of, the town's history. Collections: Locally found fossils. Social history collections reflecting past local businesses from pawnbrokers to photography, toys to tobbaconist and chemists to cobblers.

Bolton Museum, Aquarium & Archive

Le Mans Crescent
Bolton BL1 1SE


Bolton is a medium sized regional museum that has its origins in the Chadwick Museum and Mere Hall Art Gallery. Collections: The museums collection includes archaeology, art, botany, egyptology, entomology, geology, social history, natural history, and zoology.

Border & King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum

Queen Mary's Tower, The Castle
Carlisle CA3 8UR


The museum founded in 1932 is located in Queen Mary's Tower a 16th century building in Carlisle Castle. This superb medieval fortress founded in 1092, houses the military barracks of the Border Regiment's Depot, the regiment's home since 1873. Collections: Includes a wide range of uniforms, equipment, badges and insignia, firearms, artillery and edged weapons, personal items, silver, china, musical instruments, medals including those of six of the Border Regiment's Victoria Cross winners, pictures and paintings, and a large archive of photographs, and documents relating to Regular, Volunteer, Militia, Territorial and Home Guard units of the regiment and other military units from Cumbria. Archive and items not on display can be viewed by prior arrangement.

Border Library

First Floor Moothall, Market Place, Hexham; All contact via: Dept of Leisure & Tourism, Prospect House, Hexham NE46 3NH
Hexham NE46 3NH

Library collection housed in the Moothall courtroom. Books and music relating to the English-Scottish Borders area.

Borthwick Institute for Archives, University of York

York YO10 5DD


The Borthwick Institute for Archives is one of the biggest archive respositories outside London. During our 50 year history we have collected archives from all around the world, from the 12th century to the present day. The Borthwick Institute originally specialised in ecclesiastical archives, but the past three decades or so have seen an enormous growth in the range and type of our holdings. Many of our archives have regional, national or international importance.

Bradford Local Studies

Central Library, Prince-s Way
Bradford BD1 1NN


The Local Studies service offers family and local history resources for the Bradford Metropolitan District and the West Yorkshire region. We have a wide range of material including books and maps, plus free access to several genealogy and historical newspaper websites.

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.

Bristol Aero Collection Trust

Bristol BS34 7QH


The Bristol Aerospace Centre is a new heritage museum and learning centre being planned for Filton, to the north of Bristol. It tells the story of the region's world-class aerospace industry - past, present and future. Collections: Aircraft, guided missiles, spacecraft and aero engines produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and its successors centred on the Filton works north of Bristol. Also some products of the related Bristol Tram and Carriage Co.

Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queen's Road
Bristol BS8 1RL


Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives is the main museum and archives service for the city. It comprises several sites including Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, M Shed, Blaise Castle House Museum, The Red Lodge Museum, The Georgian House Museum, Bristol Records Office and Archives.

Bristol Record Office

'B' Bond Warehouse, Smeaton Road
Bristol BS1 6XN


Our goal is to preserve and make available for research records and photographs relating to the history of Bristol. This Record Office has Designated Collections of national importance.

Britannia Royal Naval College Museum & Archives

The Britannia Museum, Britannia Royal Naval College
Dartmouth TQ6 0HJ


This small yet fine museum has collected together many pictures and artefacts showing the history of BRNC from its beginnings in 1863 as two vessels moored in the River Dart, through the opening in 1905 of today's College.

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 Cartoon Archive at University of Kent

Templeman Library, The University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NU


The British Cartoon Archive holds the principal collection of British cartoons of social and political comment. Established at the University of Kent at Canterbury in 1973, as the centre for the Study of Cartoons and Caricature, it holds 140,000 original drawings and 85,000 cuttings, representing the work of 350 different cartoonists.

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.

British Schools Museum

British Schools Museum, Queen Street
Hitchin SG4 9TS


Today the British Schools Museum celebrates the history of elementary education in Britain from 1798 to the 1960s. The listed buildings include the only surviving Lancasterian School-room (1837) where ONE master taught 300 boys, and the Galleried Classroom (1853) for 110 boys. Collections: The museum houses the Jill Grey Collection of Childhood and Educational Material. Around 35,000 items related to education of children from the 17th century collected by Hitchin resident Jill Grey (one-time personal assistant to Frank Whittle).

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.

Bromyard Local History Centre

5 Sherford Street
Bromyard HR7 4DL


The Local History Centre is the headquarters of the Bromyard and District Local History Society. It houses exhibition space, a shop, research room and archive.

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.

Brunel's ss Great Britain

Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Road
Bristol BS1 6TY


The brainchild of our most famous Bristolian, Isambard Kingdom Brunel; this iconic steam ship is the heart of a multi-award winning visitor attraction. Rescued from rust and wreckage in 1970, and since lovingly restored to her Victorian hey-day, a visit to the ss Great Britain allows you to step back in time and explore true stories from the opulent First-Class to the cramped and quarrelsome Steerage.

Brynmawr & District Museum

First Floor, Carnegie Building, Market Street
Brynmawr NP23 4AJ


Brynmawr Museum boasts many items of the unique Brynmawr Furniture, made solely at the Brynmawr Furniture Factory. The various artefacts donated by the community reflect the social and industrial history of Brynmawr and its surrounding areas.

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.

Buckhaven Museum

College Street (above Library)
Buckhaven KY8 1LD


A small local museum in a town once described as a full-flavoured fisher town. Buckhaven's past importance in the East Coast Fisheries is reflected in the displays housed above Buckhaven Library.

Buckley Library, Museum & Gallery

The Precinct
Buckley CH7 2EF


The museum, located on the first floor of the public library, tells the story of Buckley's place as a major centre for the pottery and brick industries from medieval times through to the 20th century. Extensive local history reference resources.

Burton Constable Hall

Burton Constable
Skirlaugh, Hull HU11 4LN


Burton Constable Hall is set in 300 acres of natural parkland landscaped by Capability Brown and has been the home of the Constable family for over 400 years. This truly hidden gem offers unrivalled access to more than 30 rooms and its interiors of faded grandeur are filled with collections of exquisite furniture, paintings and sculpture, a library of 5,000 books and a remarkable 18th century 'cabinet of curiosities', which contains fossils, natural history specimens and the most important collection of scientific instruments to be found in any country house.

Burwell Museum of Fen Edge Village Life

Mill Close
Burwell CB25 0HL


A museum (reg.charity No.290431), run entirely by volunteers, depicting village life on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens from the Saxons to the 60s. The displays are housed in various attractive buildings including an 18th century timber framed barn. Stevens' Mill, a Grade II* Listed windmill next to the museum site, is part of the museum but is awaiting full restoration.

Bury Archives Service

Archives Service, Bury Museum and Archives Moss Street
Bury BL9 0DR


Bury Archives Service was established in 1985 to collect the records, papers and photographs which are of cultural and historic value relating to the Borough of Bury and make them available free of charge to the public. The collections of records we hold relate all aspects of life in the Borough and are donated by the Council, local businesses, schools, churches, various clubs, societies, organisations and individuals dating from 1675 to the present day.

Butetown History & Arts Centre

5 Dock Chambers, Bute Street (opposite the Baltimore Arms), Cardiff Bay
Cardiff CF10 5AG


BHAC collects, preserves and presents the lived history of old Cardiff Bay. The exhibits, books and other materials that we produce draw on the photographs, documents and memories of local people.

Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

Terrace Road
Buxton SK17 6DA


Founded in 1893, the museum houses geology and archaeology of the Peak District, including the archives and collections of Sir William Boyd Dawkins and Dr JW Jackson. A busy programme of temporary exhibitions provides opportunities for contemporary artists and access to the museum's own fine art and photographic collections.

Caithness Archive Centre

Wick Library, Sinclair Terrace
Wick KW1 5AB


As part of the Highland Archive Service, the Caithness Archive Centre, Wick, is responsible for collecting, preserving and making locally accessible archives relating to the history of the county of Caithness.

Callendar House

Callendar Park
Falkirk FK1 1YR


Have a grand day out at Callendar House in Falkirk. Situated in magnificent park and woodland, Callendar House tells stories of 600 years of Scottish history. Collections: Visit our two permanent exhibitions: 'William Forbes's Falkirk', a major state of the art exhibition which will take you on a journey through time from the days of the Jacobites to the advent of the railway; and 'The Story of Callendar House' which traces the story of the house and its occupants from the 11th century to the modern day and the part they played in shaping our nation's history.

Callington Heritage Centre

Liskeard Road
Callington PL17 7HA


Callington Heritage Centre is situated in the former chapel building on Liskeard Road, Callington. Our interests span all aspects of the social and economic history of Callington and all the surrounding parishes.

Cambridge University Library

Cambridge University Library, West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR


Cambridge University Library is a legal deposit library, meaning that it is entitled to claim a copy of every publication in printed form published in the UK and Ireland. Almost all of this material is claimed and can be consulted in the Library.

Cambridgeshire Archives

Box RES 1009, Shire Hall, Castle Hill
Cambridge CB3 0AP


Our aim is to identify, collect, preserve and actively promote the use of historical records relating to Cambridgeshire, including the former counties of Huntingdonshire and the Isle of Ely.

Cambridgeshire Association for Local History

PO BOX 1112
Cambridge CB21 4WP


One of our aims is to provide an umbrella service for all the local, family and social history societies, groups and clubs in Cambridgeshire. We also act as a central information hub taking in all the latest news of events or what is happening or affecting the history community both locally and nationally and disseminating that information out to the many history based societies, groups and clubs via our various networking facilities. we have a thriving individual and family membership.

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.

Canterbury Cathedral Archives

The Precincts
Canterbury CT1 2EH

Canterbury Cathedral Archives holds a wealth of manuscripts, photographs, maps and other records dating back to the late 8th century. These make up an extraordinarily rich resource.

Carlisle Archive Centre

Lady Gillford's House, Petteril Bank Road
Carlisle CA1 3AJ


Sources available at this Archive Centre include original documents from the 12th century to the present day, relating to the part of the historic county of Cumberland which is north of the River Derwent. The areas around Carlisle, Keswick, Penrith and Maryport are amongst those for which material is available.

Carmarthenshire Archives

Parc Myrddin, Richmond Terrace
Carmarthen SA31 1HQ


The Archives Service has in its care documents which date from the 14th to the 21st century. These unique records are the raw material for evidential historical and family research.

Carrow House Costume & Textile Study Centre

301 King Street
Norwich NR1 2TN


Carrow House is a specialist study centre offering exceptional facilities for anyone interested in costume and textiles. Carrow is home to one of the UK's largest collections of period dress, textiles, accessories, needle crafts and home furnishings. The collection comprises over 25,000 items.

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.

Castle Bude, The

Lower Wharf
Bude EX23 8LG


Bude-Stratton Museum was established in 1974 by the Town Council in an old blacksmith's forge once owned by Bude Canal. By 1994 it had become the first north Cornwall museum to gain MGC Certification status. In 2007 it was renamed 'heritage centre' and re-housed in the Council's newly renovated building, The castle.

Castle Cornet & Museums

Castle Emplacement
St Peter Port GY1 1AU


Castle Cornet is Guernsey's ancient harbour fortress, which was isolated upon a rocky islet until the construction of a breakwater and bridge in the 19th century. Dating from the 13th century it was periodically upgraded, withstanding sieges during the Hundred Years War and English Civil Wars. Collections: Substantial collections of maritime art, weapons, medals, militaria, uniforms, ship models, Roman and medieval archaeology, ship-building and privateering.