Additional information and links

What is available at the library?

Buffalo Bill on programme coverThis section was put together using materials held in the Local Studies and Archives Department at Kensington Central Library. These include: books and serials, maps and illustrations, press cuttings, census returns, electoral registers, directories, manuscripts, ephemera and other archive material. The contact details for the library can be found at

Who else can help?

HISTORYTalk at offers a wide range of services that help to bring history alive. These include inter-generational activities, reminiscence groups and community history. They also run an active programme of exhibitions, walks, talks and publications. To find out more go to

Further reading

Many books on the history of Kensington and Chelsea have been written, most of which are now out of print. A short selection of titles is listed below. For a more comprehensive list available from the Library please contact Kensington and Chelsea Libraries or search online at:

  • Survey of London Volumes 37, 38, 41, 42 and 45
  • Victoria County History Middlesex, vol. XII, Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea by Annabel Walker and Peter Jackson
  • Chelsea by Thea Holme
  • Chelsea Book by John Richardson
  • Earls Court and Brompton Past by Richard Tames
  • Kensington Past by Barbara Denny and Carolyn Starren
  • Notting Hill and Holland Park Book by Richard Tames

Other websites

For other sites that offer information on local history you might like to try the sites listed above. We stress that these are all external sites with no connection to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and as such the Royal Borough can take no responsibility for any views expressed.

The History of the Royal Borough

Virtual Museum – The History of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
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