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User Guides

Discover highlights in our archives, images and library

Read our collections guides through links from this page and plan your research. 

Explore topics relating to London’s East End including:

  • Tracing your family history: beginner, intermediate and advanced topics
  • Maps, deeds, electoral registers and taxation records
  • Built environment
  • Migration and communities including sources on African Caribbean Black, Jewish and Bengali presence
  • Education
  • Health and welfare including workhouses
  • Council and predecessor records. These cover many aspects affecting lives, organisations and landscapes in Tower Hamlets
  • Places of worship
  • Social life and sports
  • Library sources including local authors and literature

Our guides include

  • Highlights from extensive descriptions on our catalogue. Search the online catalogue using our reference codes given in these guides
  • Research tips
  • Key sources elsewhere

Help us to improve the guides

The guides represent the best of our collection knowledge. Give us your feedback and suggestions for updates to help future researchers. Email localhistory@towerhamlets.gov.uk