Local Studies Library and Archive
Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP - Getting here
Phone: 020 8734 3309
Know your place heritage festival
Throughout September, we invite you to delve deeper into the fascinating history of Richmond upon Thames through the annual Know Your Place Festival.
- Online catalogue
- Local history notes
- Local history timelines
- A walk down Hill Street
- The Etherington Family
View the opening hours below for the Local Studies Library.
Planned temporary closure
The Local Studies Library and Archive will be undergoing major works to protect the borough’s archived materials. This will mean that the service will be closed from 15 to 27 August 2022, to prepare for the installation of a new climate control system.
During those two weeks, precious archive materials will be removed from the area where the works will take place and secured safely before the old climate control system is removed.
The Local Studies Library & Archive will re-open on 30 August with a reduced service for the next few weeks. The reduced service will run while the new climate control system is fitted as some materials will be inaccessible for a period.
Please contact Local Studies by email or phone on 020 8734 3309 for further information.
Local Studies is open for drop-ins at the following times:
- Tuesday from 1.30 to 6pm
- Wednesday from 1.30 to 6pm
- Thursday from 1.30 to 6pm
- Friday from 1.30 to 6pm
- Alternate Saturdays from 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30 to 4pm
It is possible to visit on a Tuesday to Friday morning by appointment. If you would like to make a morning appointment, contact Local Studies by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone: 020 8734 3309
Wednesday to Friday morning appointments must be made at least one day in advance. Tuesday morning appointments must be made on the preceding Friday at the latest. If your appointment has not been confirmed by staff, it will not be possible for you to visit that morning.
About the collection
The Local Studies Collection provides access to material relating to the history of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It contains the collections previously held by the former boroughs of Barnes, Richmond and Twickenham.
Local Studies is putting out a call for diaries written by residents in this unusual time.
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.
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.
Most of the borough's moving image collections are looked after by London's Screen Archives, and many of the films can be watched online. Search and view the film collections.
From our Local Studies Collection, take a walk down Hill Street, a study of Victorian Richmond upon 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.
Miles Better health walks
Put your best foot forward and learn more about the history of Richmond upon Thames with our fascinating health walks.
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Updated: 02 August 2022