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About the Local Studies and Archives Centre

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About the Local Studies and Archives Centre

Containing over 200,000 items on the history of the borough, the Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre can help you discover the history of your family, the area you live in, local buildings, and more.

Our mission statement

Our mission is to collect, preserve, make accessible, and foster interest in, the history and documentary heritage of the area today known as London Borough of Camden.

Our address

2nd Floor
Holborn Library
32-38 Theobalds Road

Picture of Holborn Libary
Holborn Library in 1960 © Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre

Our opening hours

Monday: 10am to 6pm
Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
Thursday: 10am to 7pm
Alternate Saturdays: 11am to 5pm

The Saturdays we will be open in 2024 are:

January 27
February 10, 24
March 9, 23
April 6, 20
May 4, 18
June 1, 15, 29
July 13, 27
August 10, 24
September 7, 21
October 5, 19
November 2, 16, 30
December 14, 28

Kindly note: we will be closing at 5pm on Tuesday 23rd July. This to set up for a special event. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Consultation of archives is by prior appointment.

To make an appointment or if you have an enquiry, contact the Local Studies and Archives Centre:

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7974 6342

Fixing Day- An oral history of live musician's work in London's West End

Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre is partnering Digital Works and the City of Westminster Archives on a project exploring the history of musicians working in London's West End.

Find about more about the project and how you might participate.

Hidden Voices Project

Volunteers are wanted to participate in an exciting new project to unearth Camden's hidden Black history. Participants will receive training in oral history and historical research.

Full details of Hidden Voices Project

If you are interested please email the project manager, Emily Momoh at [email protected]

Our catalogue

Search the catalogue of our collections

Oil paintings online

You can view our oil paintings collection online.

Local history links

Links to websites containing information on local history and archives