We’re launching a new website very soon. View the new site while it's still under construction.

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

Services available from Monday 18 January

Westminster’s libraries and the Archives Centre are offering a reduced service under the new national lockdown measures, and will be operating temporary opening hours for 3 weeks:

Tuesday - 10am – 6pm

Wednesday - Monday, closed

Services Available

Our Searchroom is currently closed. We will continue to run our enquiry service and will be offering an interim enquiry service for GRO index enquiries. Please email archives@westminster.gov.uk with your enquiry.

On a Tuesday we will:

  • provide limited access to PCs for essential use
  • provide access to select & collect services for the Express Library 

Find us

Contact us

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: 14 January 2021