Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

London, United Kingdom


  • 277 Bancroft Road
  • London
  • England
  • E1 4DQ
  • United Kingdom

Opening times

Tues-Wed: 10am-5pm
Thurs: 9am-8pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm (1st and 3rd Sat of the month)


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Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives covers the area of the present-day London borough of Tower Hamlets - the original East End of London which, until 1965, comprised of the boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney.

If you are interested in a building in the borough, tracing your ancestors who lived here, doing a school or college project on some aspect of the borough or are just feeling nostalgic, we may well be able to help you.

A lot of material about Tower Hamlets is deposited elsewhere (notably at the London Metropolitan Archive), but there are substantial holdings of archives relating to the borough at the Local History Library & Archives.

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