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If youre 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.
This is the definitive guide to Islingtons 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.
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.
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.
Please note that the society does not have an archive of documents or photographs, and everything is done by a small group of volunteers.
You can contact our volunteer researchers Michael Reading and Zena Sullivan; email Zena Sullivan on ask-iahs [at] islingtonhistory [dot] org [dot] uk. Enquiries are also published in our journal (back copies at www.clcomms.com/iahs) as society members can sometimes help.
You are also welcome to post questions and pictures on our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/islingtonhistory.
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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain www.gracesguide.co.uk
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