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Islington Local History Centre


If you’re researching people, places or anything else in Islington, the best place to start is the Islington Local History Centre and the Islington Museum.

The Islington Local History Centre holds a wide range of resources about the history of the borough, including maps, street directories, photographs, illustrations, census records, newspapers, electoral rolls, workhouse records, trade directories, wartime information, pamphlets and other archive material.

Its special collections cover Sadlers Wells theatre going back to the 17th century, the Royal Agricultural Hall, the Pentonville estate 1707-1945, artist Geoffrey Fletcher, who recorded Islington in the 1960s and 1970s, Walter Sickert, the Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. It also holds the memoirs of Islington cabinet maker Henry Price, and the business records of Robert Pringle and Sons Ltd, which made jewellery and clocks, and the archive of construction firm Dove Brothers 1781 to 1993, which worked with major architects of the 19th and 20th century.

Streets with a Story – the Book of Islington

This is the definitive guide to Islington’s streets, buildings and open spaces, by former Islington librarian Eric A Willats FLA. It has been made available by Islington Local History Centre – the document includes requests for updates.

Download Streets with a Story here.

London Metropolitan Archives


The LMA holds an enormous range of documents, photographs, images, maps, films and books about London. It is free to search its archives. Some of its pictures can be seen on its Flickr pages at https://www.flickr.com/photos/londonmetropolitanarchives

It also runs sessions on using the archives and researching family history.


Islington Archaeology & History Society

We may be able to help with questions about an Islington building, person, historical occasion or anything else to do with the borough's history through our  Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory. The group has 1,500 members and is friendly and active. Feel free to ask a question or post a picture.

Please note that the society does not have an archive of documents or photographs, and everything is done by a small group of volunteers.


Please contact christy [at] www.islingtonhistory.org.uk if any of these links are not working. Thanks.

More sources are listed in our journal, which you can download from at www.clcomms.com/iahs.

Local, national and building history and more 


Local history within London

Across London and beyond

Family history

House history

Industrial history

Grace’s Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain – www.gracesguide.co.uk

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Islington Archaeology & History Society is on Facebook Keep up to date with society and Islington news and events by joining our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory


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