Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives have collections reflecting the history of the borough, it is the borough’s record office and local history library. They are currently relocating to a new building in central Brixton.

A picture of Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives is relocating in 2023

After 133 years of being based at the Minet Library, Lambeth Archives is finally moving its historic collections to a new purpose-built archive building at 18 Brixton Hill. The move should be complete by July 2023.

To prepare for the move, Lambeth Archives will close to the public from 1pm on Saturday 31 December

Lambeth Archives relocation

More information

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.

Online collections and catalogues

While you will still need to visit Lambeth Archives to consult the majority of our document, maps and books, you can now also access many parts of our collection online.

Image website (Lambeth Landmark)

Our image website offers instant access over 16,000 photographs, illustrations, maps and other documents of Lambeth. Most can also be purchased online as photographic prints, or via Lambeth Archives as digital files.
Lambeth Archives Image Website

Film holdings

Our film and moving image collections have now been digitised and can be viewed on the London Screen Archives website                        
Lambeth Film at London Screen Archives

Guides to Lambeth Archives

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

Archive catalogues

The majority of our archive catalogues are now held on the National Archives Discovery portal. Discovery advanced search     
To search for our holdings, select “search other archives” in the Held By section, and then type in ‘Lambeth Archives’.

Local studies collection catalogues

Our collection of local studies books and pamphlets is catalogued within the larger Lambeth Libraries catalogue
Lambeth Libraries Catalogue

Other useful websites

Telephones and computers

Mobile phones must not be used in the reading room. You are welcome to bring personal computers - we have a limited number of power points available and free Wi-Fi is available.

Loans, donations, bequests and sales to the Lambeth Archives

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.

Follow us on Facebook: Minet-Library-and-Lambeth-Archives and Twitter: @Lambetharchives



Lambeth Archives
52 Knatchbull Road



Facility  Notes
Disabled toilet

a disabled access toilet

Wheelchair access wheelchair access to the library

Other information

Venue notes

Facilities and services

Facility  Notes
Free research facilities Including internet access and microfilm readers
Advice and guidance from our staff  
Services for schools and colleges  
Fee-based research and copying service For remote users
Local history publications for sale

Can be purchased in any Lambeth Library.

Lambeth Archives price list

Postcards for sale Available postcards and prices

Opening times

Venue opening times

Due to relocation Lambeth Archives is currently closed.

Day Opening times


Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed


Jon Newman / Len Reilly
Job title:
Archives Manager