Newham

Local history and archives

We have a range of facilities, resources and museum collections at our Archives and Local Studies Library that can help you to find out about the history of the borough and its people.

You can also check out the Newham Story and Newham Photos websites.

Find Newham Archives and Local Studies Library

Newham Archives and Local Studies Library
First floor, Stratford Library
3 The Grove
Stratford
E15 1EL
Tel: 020 3373 6881
 
 

Opening times

  • Tuesday 10.30am to 1pm and 2.30 to 5pm
  • Thursday 10.30am to 1pm and 2.30 to 5pm
Throughout January 2018 the Archives and Local Studies Library will be open at the following times: 
  • Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3pm​
  • Thursday 10.30am to 12.30pm and 2pm to 3pm
The library will be closed on:
  • 21 December
  • 26 December
  • 28 December
  • 2 January
Until further notice, only a restricted service will be available. You will still be able to make an appointment to visit the library and the services available and not available are listed below.

Services available

  • Access to books, photographs, maps, electoral registers, directories and newspapers
  • Microfilm usage
  • Photocopying​

Services unavailable

  • Produce or provide information on archive material or other items in the archive or reference stores
  • Information or responses to more specialised enquiries
  • Donations or transfers of archive and other material
We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We will try to resume normal service as soon as possible.
You must make an appointment to use the library. Either call 020 3373 6881 or email archiveslocalstudies@newham.gov.uk.

 

Our collections

Our archives and local studies collections include:
  • local authority records of Newham Council and its predecessors, including East and West Ham County Borough Councils, dating from the 17th century to the present day
  • records of the West Ham Board of Guardians
  • school, hospital and manorial records
  • records of local businesses, institutions and people associated with Newham
  • books and pamphlets on local history
  • historical local maps
  • electoral registers, trade directories, census returns and copies of some parish registers
  • local newspapers
  • photographs and illustrations including a selection of images from our collections at www.newhamphotos.com.
We also have large collections of artefacts that are not on display, but you can make an appointment to see them. Our artefacts are also available for loan. 
 
Our museum collections include:
  • archaeological material
  • photographs
  • paintings
  • illustrations
  • maps.
And some of the highlights of our collections include:
  • pen and ink drawings by ‘Outsider Artist’ Madge Gill
  • a major collection of Bow porcelain.
 

Facilities

Enquiry service

We can advise on records we hold that might be useful in your research.
 

Copying

You can photocopy items at the discretion of staff, where copying will not damage original material. Black and white copies cost 25p for A4 and 40p for A3.

Or if you wish to use your camera or other digital device to take copies there is a charge of £5 per day.

Copies of photographs and other images for private use are available from www.newhamphotos.com. However we can also provide digital scans for other purposes including use in books and other publications, film, on television and the web. 
 

Microfilm readers and printers

We have readers for both microfilm and microfiche. Black and white A4 copies cost 30p.
 

Free internet and Wi-Fi

We provide free access to the Find My Past family history website and free Wi-Fi for your own digital devices.

 

Access for disabled people

  • Disabled toilet
  • Four accessible computers on the ground floor
  • Induction loop at the counter

Check full accessibility details on the DisabledGo website

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Contact us

  • Newham Archives and Local Studies Library at Stratford
    3 The Grove
    Stratford
    London
    E15 1EL

    020 3373 6881

    Email us