Visit Kingston History Centre

Visit the History Centre

Come and join us at the History Centre (previously called the Local History Room). It is totally free! Our archive and collections are used by members of the public, local historians, genealogists, schools and colleges. If you can't visit us we also offer a research service. You can also search our collections catalogue online.

Opening times:

  • Monday closed
  • Tuesday closed
  • Wednesday 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday 10am to 7pm
  • Friday, 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday, closed 
  • Closed bank holidays and Christmas Eve

What you can see at the History Centre:

  • local books and directories
  • maps
  • local newspapers on microfilm
  • photographs of the borough
  • oral histories and other audio materials
  • the International Genealogical Index for Surrey and the Census returns to 1911
  • a database of Victorian sources, courtesy of Kingston University  
  • research material relating to pioneer photographer, Eadweard Muybridge
  • variety of local interest journals and magazines

What we hold in our stores (you can request these):

  • the Royal Borough's archives dating from 1208
  • local newspapers
  • Eadweard Muybridge collection

Access information:

  • disabled access
  • disabled toilet
  • platform lift available

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