Local Studies Library and Archive

Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP - Getting here

Email: localstudies@richmond.gov.uk
Phone: 020 8734 3309

Opening hours

The Local Studies Library and Archive is closed to public visitors during the November 2020 lockdown but will be replying to enquiries by email and telephone.

Please contact Local Studies by email at localstudies@richmond.gov.uk or call 020 8734 3309.

Reimagining Castelnau House

La Nouvelle Maison is a dolls house created by artist Tahira Mandarino. Inspired by old black and white photographs from the Richmond Borough’s archive collection for the Reimagine Exhibition at Orleans House Gallery. The photographs show the interior of the now demolished Castelnau House, where in its place, the Castelnau Library was built. Find out more about this little piece of local history and ignite your own imagination about this absent house with Tahira Mandarino.

Watch the video with us from 10am on Friday 23 October 2020.

Open House London 2020

This weekend we will be celebrating Open House London 2020 with a virtual tour of Richmond’s Old Town Hall, with Libraries archivist Janine Stanford.

Join us online via YouTube.

Find out more about Open House London 2020.

Lockdown diaries

Local Studies is putting out a call for diaries written by residents in this unusual time.

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.

Film collections

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.

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.

Miles Better health walks

Put your best foot forward and learn more about the history of Richmond upon Thames with our fascinating health walks.


Updated: 11 November 2020