Local Studies and archives

What's available in Local Studies?earching the library archives

The Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies collection is housed at Kensington Central Library. It contains all the borough's material on the history of both Kensington and Chelsea, including books, maps, press cuttings, illustrations, census returns, electoral registers, manuscripts, ephemera and other archive material.

Important: If you want to see local studies archive records you should make an appointment. To make an appointment phone Kensington Central Library.


Renovation works at Kensington Central Library

From 27 November 2013 to 28 February 2014 some Local Studies material will be unavailable due to our holdings being consolidated. Please do contact the Local Studies Library to ensure the material you require will be available.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Futher information about this renovation can be found on our Service Improvements page.


Opening hours

Day Times
Monday 1pm - 6.30pm
Tuesday 1pm - 6.30pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 1pm - 6.30pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm

Local Studies blogMr Hedderly in Old Church Street

The library blog ‘The Library Time Machine’, created and written by Local Studies Librarian, Dave Walker is now live. Please, read and follow.

The weekly blog will give glimpses into the past lives and history of Kensington and Chelsea.


Useful websites

Here are some useful websites for you to try: