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Archives

Find local records, maps, newspapers, images, censuses and more.

Archives Centre visitor information

Opening hours and venue information.

News and events

Discover Westminster through walks, talks and special events.

Search the Archive collections

Find out how to use and search the Archives collections.

Guide to the Archives Centre

Find a range of great resources to help you with research, to find the correct service for your project.

Researching family history at the Archives Centre

City of Westminster Archives Centre holds many sources to assist you with your family history research.

Resources for researching your family history online

We recommend trying these online tools to explore your family history.

Research service

We offer a paid research service relating to the rateable values of buildings and Gillow furniture history.

Digital imaging and printing

See our charges for photographic prints or digital files of most of the images in our collections that can be purchased.

Archives showcase and community history

These digital collections bring the history of the city to life.

Friends of Westminster City Archives

Join the Friends of the Archives and protect the future of the past.

Rooms for hire at libraries and the Archives Centre

Hire one of the well-equipped rooms for business functions, meetings and music practice.

Our local history shop

You can purchase a range of books, historical maps and cards from our shop.

General Register Office indexes

Every birth, adoption, marriage, civil partnership or death registered in England or Wales has a General Register Office (GRO)

Theatre collection

Discover what playbills and programmes are in our Archives.

Survey of London

Find detailed architectural and topographical studies of the capital's built environment.

The history of Westminster City Council

The history of the council from 1900

St Martin-in-the-Fields settlement examinations index

Under the Poor Law Act of 1601 people were only entitled to claim poor relief in their legal place of settlement.