Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

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Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives 277 Bancroft Road
Greater London
E1 4DQ

  • Local History Libary: 020 7364 1290
  • Archives: 020 7364 1289

Tower Hamlets local history library and archives covers the area of the present-day London Borough of Tower Hamlets; the original East End of London which, until 1965, comprised of the Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney. If you are interested in a building in the borough, tracing your ancestors who lived here, doing a school or college project on some aspect of the borough or are just feeling nostalgic, we may well be able to help you.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday Closed Tuesday 10am - 5pm Wednesday 9am - 5pm Thursday 9am - 8pm Friday Closed Saturday (fortnightly) 9am - 5pm Sunday Closed


Exhibitions: Free admission Registration All users are required to register with the service on their first visit. Please ensure you bring a form of ID providing proof of your permanent address.

Travel directions:

Nearest tube: Stepney Green Bus Routes: 25, along Mile End Road By car There are a limited number of pay and display parking spaces in the surrounding roads as well as parking spaces for Tower Hamlets resident's permit holders.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Library with public access


  • Public access available to collections information

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