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Archive & Research Facilities

Our research facilities offer 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 research room is a space dedicated to the study of the archives and library collections and manned by our experienced archivist.

Open to the general public on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm by appointment only, please note that an appointment is necessary due to the weight and logistics of transporting some items from the archive store and you can book an appointment via our online booking system (please scroll down below).

To introduce you to our archive and to ensure its ongoing protection, new visitors to the research room will go through a brief induction and be shown our research guidelines.

Please contact us in advance if you have any queries by using the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

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.

Newspapers

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.

Images

There is a vast collection of images which include photographs, prints, watercolours, drawings and postcards.

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

Maps

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

Local History Books

Our collection of local history books includes...

Download Reading_Room_Reference_book_list.pdf

Other items

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

Accessing the research room is free, however there are some charges which include photocopying, microfilm printing and taking photos of our items.

Research Guidelines

  • Please do not consume food and drink in the research room. 
  • Please use a pencil to make your notes, pencils are freely available from our staff.
  • 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 research room.

BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT

The Research Room is open to the general public on Tuesdays from 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm by appointment only.

This is necessary due to the weight and logistics of transporting some items from the archive store.

You can book an appointment directly via our online calendar by this visiting this link.

royalgreenwichheritagetrust.setmore.com

PLEASE NOTE:

• You will be required to create a customer profile when booking your appointment. In line with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 we will not share your personal details.

• This is a complimentary service provided by the trust however, fees will apply for additional services such as photocopying, and self service photography permit for £6.

• Any appointment scheduled is a PROVISIONAL appointment until confirmed in writing by the Trust Archivist, for which you will be asked to complete and return an archive appointment request form.

• We cannot guarantee access to objects which have not been requested in advance of your appt.

Testimonials

"A big thank you from Australia to the archive research team at the RGHT. My request provided me with a pleasant surprise with background photographic and newsprint information that I had been unable to locate elsewhere.  Thanks again to the archivists."

Regards R Burton Brisbane Australia. 

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