Visit Kingston History Centre

Visit the History Centre

Opening times 

Please note that during September we will be closed across lunchtime from 12:30-13:30 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays due to short staffing. We will be open on Saturdays from 10-5.

  • 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

If you can't visit us we also offer a research service. You can also search our collections catalogue online.

Entry fee 

Free 

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

How to find us:

Kingston History Centre 

Guildhall,

High Street 

Kingston upon thames 

KT1 1EU