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

Our local studies collection includes books, newspapers, illustrations, census returns, electoral registers and manuscripts. You can search our collection online too.

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.