Lambeth Archives is the borough's record office and local history library. It is open to the public, free of charge.

Whether you want to trace your family history, a house history, discover the origins of your neighbourhood or look at the records of Lambeth Council, staff will guide you through our collections of historical material and assist you.

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1. About Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives' holdings and collections cover all aspects of local and family history. Extensive historical information about Lambeth is available, including archaeology, architecture, black history, geology, geography, social history, biography and transport. The collections include photographs, postcards, cuttings and more.

An introduction to the Lambeth Archives collections, including lists of the books, pamphlets, maps, periodicals, newspapers and special collections available at the Archives.

2. Facilities and Services

Day Opening times
Monday 1pm to 8pm
Tuesday 10am to 6pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 10am to 6pm
Friday 10am to 1pm
Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed

Find out about all our facilities and services on our Lambeth Archives place page.

3. Getting copies of materials

Visitors can make copies for personal research or private study using the photocopier: black and white photocopying is 10 pence per A4 page and 20 pence per A3 page; colour photocopying is 50 pence per A4 page and £1 per A3 page, or from the microform reader printer: 30 pence per A4 page; 60 pence per A3 page, or by using a hand-held, flash-free camera. For this there is a fee of £5 You must ask permission from staff first, make a list of everything you photograph and sign to say your photographs are for personal use only.

Remote users who want to obtain copies for personal research or private study can request photocopies of documents - there is a charge of £5 for the first page and £1 for each additional one, or you can request copies of high resolution files of already-scanned images for £15 for the first image and £10 for each additional one.

If you want to reproduce or publish further copies in any form, on paper or electronically, then you must ask permission and a fee may be payable.

All copying is subject to copyright restrictions and the physical condition and format of the original.

4. Loans, donations, bequests and sales

Lambeth Archives welcomes additions to its rich and diverse collection by gift, loan, bequest or purchase. If you have an item of historical interest you wish us to consider for inclusion, please contact us.