Local Studies Collection

Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP - View on map

Email: localstudies@richmond.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8734 3309
Opening times

Visiting the collection

For security, visitors to Local Studies will be required to leave their bags in the lockers in the second floor foyer, and to hang their outdoor coats on the hooks provided.

Customer notice

Local Studies will be closed on the following dates:

  • Saturday 10 December
  • Wednesday 28 December
  • Saturday 31 December
  • Saturday 7 January

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Online catalogue

With our new online catalogue you can search thousands of records from the archives of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, covering Barnes, East Sheen, Ham, Hampton, Hampton Hill, Hampton Wick, Kew, Mortlake, Petersham, Richmond, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton.

Cataloguing work is ongoing, and we are regularly updating the database. If you cannot find what you are looking for you can contact us.

The catalogue includes a large collection of building plans which have been catalogued and scanned with funding provided by HLF.

Online Resources

The Local Studies team publishes some of its local history notes about people and places in the borough online. There is also a set of illustrated timelines.

Amongst our online reference services, Richmond Libraries also has a subscription to Ancestry Library Edition, the leading family history website. Please note that this can only be used on library premises.

Education resources

From our Local Studies Collection, take a walk down Hill Street, a study of Victorian Richmond upon Thames.

History in action

We are a partner in the ThamesPilot project, which provides historic material from the archives and museums along the River Thames.

Genealogy and family history

Many people are interested in their family history. There are several places where you can find out information, and there are many useful links to external websites.

Updated: 29 November 2016