Local studies and archives

There's a wealth of information and many useful services offered by our local studies and archives.

Local studies and archives

The Kensington and Chelsea Local Studies collection is housed at Kensington Central Library containing all the borough's material on the history of both Kensington and Chelsea including books, newspapers, illustrations…

The Library Time Machine Blog

Local pictures and stories carefully curated by our local studies librarian.


Ancestry Library Edition contains more than 1.5 billion names from over 4,000 collections and can be used to trace your family history.

Virtual Museum

The history of Kensington and Chelsea brought to life through information, illustrations and artefacts from archives in the Borough's Libraries and Museums.