Visit Kingston History Centre

Visit the History Centre

Opening times 

Please note that our summer closure this year will be from Wednesday 14 August - Saturday 24 August (inclusive). Across this period there will be no access to the History Centre or responses to remote enquires via phone or email. 
During the summer period 25 July - 31 August, we will be closed across lunchtime 12.30 - 13.30 due to short staffing. 

  • 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