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Islington Local History Centre is a local studies centre and archive which holds material documenting the history of the London Borough of Islington.

Islington Local History Centre
Islington Local History Centre is located in Central London
Islington Local History Centre
Location within Central London
LocationFinsbury Library, 245 St John Street, London EC1V 4NB, UK
Coordinates51°31′35″N 0°06′16″W / 51.526486°N 0.104553°W / 51.526486; -0.104553Coordinates: 51°31′35″N 0°06′16″W / 51.526486°N 0.104553°W / 51.526486; -0.104553
TypeLocal studies centre and archive
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WebsiteIslington Heritage Services


Islington Local History Centre, which is located in Finsbury Library, was opened in 2003. This new centre was established to bring together the local history collections of the former Metropolitan Borough of Islington and Metropolitan Borough of Finsbury. These boroughs were merged in 1965 to form the modern London Borough of Islington. The collections were previously held at Islington's Central Reference Library and in smaller premises at Finsbury Library.[1]


Resources available at the Local History Centre include maps, photographs, census records, electoral rolls, trade directories, newspapers and archive material. These collections are useful sources for research on family history, local history, biographical history and other subjects.[1][2]


The Islington Local History Centre is not a formal archive repository for Islington Council but its collections include records of the metropolitan boroughs of Finsbury and Islington, including council and committee minutes, rate books and publications, as well as records of the earlier vestries of St James Clerkenwell, St Luke Old Street and St Mary Islington, including minute books and rate books. Other local authority material includes records related to local baths, such as Ironmonger Row Baths.[3]

Special collectionsEdit

The centre also holds deposited special collections, including the following material:

Displays and eventsEdit

The centre has a regular programme of small temporary exhibitions, including visiting displays and displays of material from its own collections. The centre also hosts occasional talks and contributes to the events programme at Islington Museum.[14]

Admission and accessEdit

Admission is free and the centre is open to all. However, researchers wishing to view material are required to make an appointment to visit as space is limited. The centre is fully accessible for wheelchair users but there is no accessible parking.

The Clerk's WellEdit

Islington Local History Centre also manages the historic Clerk's Well near Clerkenwell Green. Visits to the well can be arranged free of charge but by appointment only.[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "About us". Islington Local History Centre. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  2. ^ Anon (27 January 2011). "You're never sure what you're going to find". Islington Gazette. p. 9. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  3. ^ "Local History Collections". Islington Local History Centre. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Joe Orton Gallery". Joe Orton Online. Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Archival material relating to Sadler's Wells Theatre". UK National Archives.
  6. ^ "Sadler's Wells Theatre Archive". Islington Local History Centre. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Archival material relating to Royal Agricultural Hall". UK National Archives.
  8. ^ "Archival material relating to Dove Brothers Builders". UK National Archives.
  9. ^ "Archival material relating to Penton family of Pentonville". UK National Archives.
  10. ^ "Archival material relating to Islington Literary and Scientific Society". UK National Archives.
  11. ^ Cited and acknowledged in Kynaston, David (2007). Austerity Britain, 1945-1951. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0-7475-9923-4. Also Kynaston, David (2009). Family Britain, 1951-1957. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0-7475-8385-1.
  12. ^ "Archival material relating to Henry E Price, cabinet maker". UK National Archives.; see also Kirkham, Pat (Summer 1981). "William Morris's early furniture" (PDF). Journal of William Morris Studies. 4.3: 25–28. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  13. ^ "Archival material relating to Walter Sickert". UK National Archives.
  14. ^ "What's on". Islington Heritage Services. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  15. ^ "The Clerk's Well". Islington Heritage Services. Retrieved 28 September 2013. See also Harden, Peter; Harden, Richard (2009). London for Free. London: Harden's Limited. p. 128. ISBN 978-1-873721-87-2.

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