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Archives Centre visitor information

 

Westminster City Archives offers access to extensive collections of local, family and community history sources. You must be a member of Westminster libraries to visit. You can apply for a library card online, or sign up at the Archives Centre or any branch library. Details can be found on the Westminster libraries pages. 

1. Visiting us

Please note that due to building work, we cannot currently offer flat level access to the Archives Centre. If you have special access requirements, please contact us before you visit. 

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Thursday, 10am – 6pm

Friday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm

Sunday – Monday, closed

Services Available

On a Wednesday and Thursday, by appointment only via this online form, we are able to:

  • provide use of a table to use our archive and reference collections 
  • provide use of a microfilm reader to access parish records, parish registers, newspapers, wills and cemetery registers on film (reference only – no printing) 
  • provide use of a PC for family history research and archival research  

 

From Tuesday - Saturday we are able to:

  • provide limited access to PCs on the ground floor
  • provide limited independent study spaces for non-archival study and laptop use
  • provide access to the express library

 

Until we can safely expand the archive offer, we are unable to provide access to:

  • microfiche material
  • the GRO index 
  • some oversized material 
  • photocopying or microfilm printing  

 

Please do not travel to the Archives Centre unless you have email confirmation of your visit as we access to our collections without an appointment.

We will continue to run our enquiry service and will be offering a new enquiry service for GRO index enquiries. Please email archives@westminster.gov.uk with your enquiry.

 

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2. Using the searchroom

The main searchroom is currently closed. Details regarding current access can be found in the visiting us tab
 

The searchroom is located on the 5th floor of the Archives Centre.

Visitors are asked to leave coats and bags at the ground floor reception where secure lockers and coat stands are provided

We ask visitors to use only pencils in the searchroom. Mobile phones are not permitted in the searchroom.

Photography of archive material is permitted in most cases. Please speak to a member of staff about what you would like to make copies of. Prices and further information on our reproduction options can be found here

View the searchroom rules (PDF, 136KB).

Access for people with disabilities

For wheelchair users there is a steep downward gradient leading to a level entrance. The searchroom on the 5th floor can be accessed via a lift, which is suitable for use by wheelchair users and others with impaired mobility. There is level access on the ground floor to a wheelchair-accessible toilet as well as level access to the meeting room on the ground floor.

There is an induction loop in the meeting room and registered assistance dogs are welcome.

3. Services for schools

City of Westminster Archives run a number of cross-curricular history projects throughout the course of the academic year normally undertaken as an outreach service.

For more information on our education service, please contact our Archives Education and Interpretation Officer, Peter Daniel, on:

  • telephone: 020 7641 6200
  • pdaniel@westminster.gov.uk
  • address: City of Westminster Archives Centre, 10 St Ann's Street, London SW1P 2DE

4. Policy documents

The Archives and Local Studies service exists to support 'Read Learn Connect' by:

  • preserving and sharing the unique written and visual heritage of Westminster
  • fostering community identity and pride for current and future generations

Please read and download our policy documents:

Last updated: 7 September 2020