Welcome to Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives Online Catalogue

This catalogue describes the collections held by Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives.

The collections include an extraordinary range of original archival documents, books, pamphlets, periodicals, maps, photographs and films.

They are outstanding and unique resources for the study of the history of London’s East End. They document the changing local landscape and lived experiences of individuals and communities in the borough.

These are for anyone interested in the history of a street or building, tracing your ancestors who lived in the borough, doing a school or college project or just feeling nostalgic.

Our collections cover the London Borough of Tower Hamlets which was created from the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney.

Our library and archives house a wealth of information on key subjects including

  • migration and communities
  • local industries and political movements
  • the changing local landscape and lived experiences of individuals within Tower Hamlets

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