Visit Kingston History Centre

Research Service, Archives, Local History Talks, Books for Sale

If you are unable to visit personally, we offer a limited research service.


We undertake a minimum of half an hour's work, (the first half hour is free, subsequent hours incur a charge) and a maximum of three hours work. Our charges include VAT, postage, and up to five photocopies:

  • £15 per half hour

If your research will take more than half an hour we will contact you with an estimate.

We accept payment by credit and debit card, and cash. Official invoices can be raised if bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.

You can submit your request to our research service by completing and returning the Record search application form. Remember to be as clear and concise as possible to avoid confusion.

For more information about making copies of items held by the Heritage Service see Reproduction services.

Access to Archives

Most of our archives holdings are listed on Discovery. This is a national database maintained by the National Archives. If you would like to access archive material listed on Discovery, please get in touch in advance of your visit, as we now operate a retrieval process from our stores in Oxfordshire.

For information on our latest acquisitions or about donating material, email us with your request.

Local History Talks

We are pleased to offer a selection of local history talks to community groups in the local area. Please get in touch to hear the full list of talks we currently offer. Bespoke talks may be available on request, although these cost more and may not always be possible owing to time restrictions. 

  • The cost of a set talk is £50.
  • The price of bespoke talk is available on request.

If you are interested in a local history talk for your community group, please get in touch on 020 8 547 6738 or [email protected]

Books for Sale

Kingston History Centre has a large number of used books of local interest for sale.  If you're interested in the history of Surrey, archaeology, transport, natural history or the Thames you will find something to interest you.    Prices start at £1.00 and go up to £200 for some of the rarer items.  Visit the History Centre to see what is available or email us at [email protected] for the full list.