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Archives showcase and community history

The Westminster City Archives collections and Westminster's community history are brought to life through a range of exciting online projects:

Westminster memories

Learn more about the history of different areas in Westminster and view photos, memories and comments:


Exploring The Strand, one of London’s most famous streets, past and present through the Strandlines website.

West End at war

Discover Westminster's wartime story on the West End at War website.

Marylebone Remembered 

Using records from the Portman Estate and Howard de Walden Estate, local newspapers and other historical sources, the Marylebone Remembered website provides a snapshot of how people living and working in Marylebone responded to the demands of the First World War. 

Annals of the Haymarket

A M Broadley's Annals of the Haymarket features selected letters in a four-volume compilation of material on the Haymarket theatres. Of particular note in this treasure trove of theatre history is the rich collection of letters included in the albums, which record life in London's theatre industry through the eyes of its key protagonists: actors, singers, dancers and managers.

In early 2011, Westminster City Archives launched a volunteer project to transcribe these letters, to make them, and the remarkable stories behind them, available to a wider audience.

View the Annals of the Haymarket (1.20MB) - selected letters from the Broadley Albums at City of Westminster Archives Centre.

The Cookbook of Unknown Ladies

'The Cookbook of Unknown Ladies' is a manuscript recipe book in the collections of Westminster City Archives. The recipes, recorded in several different hands, span 150 years of British cookery, providing a fascinating insight into culinary craft of the Georgian and Regency periods.

Last updated: 21 December 2018