Local studies & archives

Whether you are tracing the history of a building, undertaking a GCSE project, discovering the history of your family or just interested in the local history of the area where you live, the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre is the place to start.

The Centre contains over 200,000 items on the history of the borough and we aim to keep anything that helps reflect life in Camden past and present.

Online catalogue


  • contact details, opening hours and location map
  • Local Studies and Archives Centre Christmas and New Year opening times

    Thursday 24 December – centre closes at 4pm
    Friday 25 December – centre closed

    Saturday 26 December – centre closed 
    Sunday 27 December – centre closed 
    Monday 28 December – centre closed 
    Tuesday 29 December – centre open usual times
    Thursday 31 December – centre closes at 4pm

    Friday 1 January – centre closed
    All Camden libraries will return to usual opening
    times on Saturday 2 January 2016. The centre will be closed.

What's on?

Historic photos of Camden

Oil paintings online

All the oil paintings in Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre's collection are now available to: view online

Your Paintings is a project aiming to create a complete online catalogue of every oil painting in the national collection.

Chalk Farm

Send us your images

Grab a bargain

King's Cross: a tour in time is back in print by public demand and still at the original price of £5.99