National Jazz Archive

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Loughton Library, Traps Hill
IG10 1HD

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Founded in 1988, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers. The National Jazz Archive collections include: - More than 4000 books - Runs of around 700 journals and periodicals - Photographs, drawings, paintings, concert and festival posters and programmes - Letters, memorabilia and personal papers donated by musicians, writers, journalists and collectors - Oral histories from our Heritage Lottery Fund intergenerational jazz reminiscence project. We programme a range of talks and events throughout the year, and run a growing outreach programme.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Monday to Thursday, and Friday, 10am - 1pm


Entry is free, with no membership required. Visitors are welcome to the archive during public visiting times. Archive staff are available Monday – Thursday, and Friday, 10am – 1pm to answer your enquiries.

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