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Archive and research facilities

The Search Room at the Heritage Centre is a rich source of information on the Royal Borough of Greenwich, including photographs, minutes, manuscripts, records, registers, prints, newspapers and books.

Over the years, information relating to the present day Royal Borough of Greenwich, the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Greenwich and Woolwich and their predecessors, have been deposited into our archives.

Areas covered are Abbey Wood, Blackheath, Charlton, Deptford (part), Eltham, Greenwich, Kidbrook, Mottingham (part), New Eltham, North Woolwich (until 1st April 1965), Plumstead, Shooters Hill, Thamesmead and Woolwich. The Search Room at the Greenwich Heritage Centre is a space dedicated to the study of the archives and library collections. Located off the Temporary Gallery, the Search Room is manned by two members of staff and open to the general public Wednesday-Saturday, 9am-5pm.

Please note that due to the weight and logistics of transporting some of our collection, an appointment maybe necessary. Please contact us in advance if you have any queries.

To introduce you to our collection and to ensure its ongoing protection, new visitors to the Search Room will go through a brief Search Room Use Induction and be shown our Search Room Guidelines.

Visited Greenwich Heritage Centre and used our Search Room facilities? Please help us by filling out our short survey.

Parish registers

Most of the older Parish Registers for Greenwich have been deposited with the London Metropolitan Archives. Some of the more recent registers may still be at the church, however we do have some Parish Registers. Information in Parish Registers will vary, but generally Registers will give you information about the marriages, baptisms and deaths within the parish. We also have some Parish magazines in our collection.


The Centre has a number of local newspapers available on microfilm dating back to the 1840s. Each newspaper covers a specifc area, but often cross over boundaries into other areas and boroughs.

Local Authority Records

Records are not always complete or inclusive. Some records may be missing while some records were deposited to other archives and museums. 

Local Authority records include council minutes, church warden records, electoral registers, vestry minutes and settlement records. Please email us or drop in for more information.


The Heritage Centre has a vast collection of images which include photographs, prints, watercolours, drawings and postcards.

We also have a selection of these photos avalible to be printed off without needing to visit the centre, available here.


Our extensive map collection includes Ordnance Survey maps, geology maps and bomb maps from World War II. 

Other items

We also have census records on microfilm, deeds, directories, ephemera boxes and local history books. 

Accessing the Search Room is free, however there are some charges, including for research, photocopying, microfilm printing and taking photos of our items.

Search Room Guidelines

  • Please do not consume food and drink in the Search Room. If you would like to eat or drink there is a seated area in the corridor alongside Inside the Arsenal exhibition visitors are welcome to use
  • Please use a pencil to make your notes. Pencils are freely available at the Search Room desk
  • Please leave images and documents in their protective sleeves. 
  • Some items may require gloves to be worn before they can be handled. Staff will advise you on this
  • Please put your mobile on silent or vibrate. If you need to take a call, please do so outside of the Search Room