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Additional Sources

There are many additional sources of reference to assist you with your research, please find below a list of organisations that may be able to offer you support and guidance.

The National Archives

The National Archives are a non-ministerial department, and the official archive and publisher for the UK Government, and for England and Wales. They are the guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents.

Expert advisers in information and records management and are a cultural, academic and heritage institution, they fulfil a leadership role for the archive sector and work to secure the future of physical and digital records.


British Newspapers Archive

The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over a 10 year period.

The British Library's collection of historical newspapers is one of the wonders of the world: it contains newspapers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. There are over 600,000 bound volumes of newspapers (occupying 32 kilometres, or 20 miles, of shelving) and over 300,000 reels of microfilm (occupying a further 13 kilometres, or 8 miles, of shelving). Until now, the only way to view these newspapers was to visit the British Library, and, of course, it was not possible to search them.


London Metropolitan Archive

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) is home to an amazing range of documents, images, maps, films and books about London. LMA is free to use and open to everyone.

Whether you're tracing your family history or researching the history of your neighbourhood, if you're interested in London or Londoners, LMA is the place to visit!


Lewisham Local History & Archive Centre


Greenwich Historical Society

The Greenwich Historical Society began life as the Greenwich Antiquarian Society in 1905, merging with the Lewisham Society in 1919 to become the Greenwich and Lewisham Antiquarian Society. The present name was adopted in 1991.

The Society exists to stimulate research and interest in the history of Greenwich and its immediate neighbourhood. To this end a programme of illustrated talks is arranged and held during the spring, and again in the winter months; guided walks and visits may be occasionally arranged during the summer. The Society publishes annually the Journal of the Greenwich Historical Society which members receive free together with occasional newsletters.


Woolwich & District Antiquarian Society (Woolwich Antiquarians)

The Society is a group of some 100 members, interested in the history of Woolwich, the surrounding area and other historical and conservation matters. It was founded in 1895 by the local historian William Thomas Vincent. W T Vincent was also the editor of the newspaper The Kentish Independent and wrote 'The Records of the Woolwich District', which became the definitive history of the area.

Membership is open to everyone who is in sympathy with their aims, set out in the rules as:- 

'To study and as far as possible examine and record, matters of historic and prehistoric interest, giving first attention to matters of local importance within a convenient distance of the former London Borough of Woolwich'. 

'To help preserve all buildings and landmarks of historical and antiquarian interest and the amenities and natural beauties of the district'. 


Greenwich Industrial History Society

AIMS - to research, publish and promote the industrial history of the London Borough of Greenwich


The Charlton Society

Celebrating the past and protecting the future of Charlton, London SE7


The Blackheath Society

The Blackheath Society work to maintain and improve local amenities for current and future enjoyment and manage an extensive archive on Blackheath’s past.

They keep members informed about community events and give members a voice on current local issues.


The Greenwich Society

The Greenwich Society works to make Greenwich a better place for all who live, work and study here. Whether it is the watchfulness that is required to protect the town's heritage or the concerns of local residents to improve its amenities, the Greenwich Society welcomes members and gives a voice to everyone who cares about the past, the present and the future.


The Eltham Society

Founded in 1965 the society has flourished so that their membership is over 500. Many members are, of course, living in the catchment area of SE9 but others have moved to areas in the United Kingdom and abroad. They have town namesakes in Australia and New Zealand.

The society has an Executive Council of 17 members each contributing their own specialities, all elected at our Annual General Meeting held in March. There are three sub committees: Amenity, Social and Publications - all advancing the aims of the society.

The aims of the Society are enshrined in their motto: "Preserving the past, Conserving the present, and Protecting the future".