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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.


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 Archaelogy & History Society

Do get in touch if you wish to ask a questions about an Islington building, person, historical occasion or anything else to do with Islington's history. Please note that we cannot do your family history research and that everything is done on a voluntary basis.

We do not not maintain an archive or have any paid staff, but we can help with enquiries about the borough's history.

You can contact our volunteer researcher Michael Reading and other society members through our journal; email editor Christy Lawrance on christy [at] islingtonhistory [dot] org [dot] uk. Enquiries are also published in our journal (back copies at www.clcomms.com/iahs) in case society members can help.

You are also welcome to post questions and pictures on our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory.


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.

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