You can use our online catalogue to search over 200,000 records, including manuscripts, plans, photographs and prints. Our collections can be used to help with a variety of research, including family, building and business history.

Highlights of the collection include:

  • All of the parish registers for the Diocese of South Westminster, the area south of Oxford Street. Parish Registers for other parts of the City of Westminster, including Marylebone and Paddington, are with the London Metropolitan Archives.
  • Collections of business records of important firms such as Gillows of Lancaster (later Waring and Gillow), Jaeger and Liberty plc.
  • An extensive collection of material on the organisation of Westminster’s Civil Defence during World War Two, incorporating a bomb map, incident reports and photographs.
  • Drainage plans for most properties in the Westminster area
  • Records of estates, schools, clubs, societies, charities, institutions and private individuals.
  • Over 12,000 photographs and prints, some of which have been digitised and can be viewed on this catalogue.

If you can’t find what you are looking for online, use the guidance in ‘How do I search the database’ , or you can also search our hard copy catalogues for collections such as Liberty’s, Jaeger and Waring and Gillow in our search room.

To find out more about our collections, please see our website here
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