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Visitor Information

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives
277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ
Phone: 020 7364 1290




Anyone may visit our exhibitions without registering.
We welcome people to our reading room who wish to use our unique heritage collections for their personal research. If you do not intend to use our collections, please visit an Idea Store or Library instead. Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to accommodate independent study.

You will need to register on your first visit. Please bring a form of ID providing proof of your permanent address. You will also be asked to fill in a registration form. If you like, you can complete the form in advance by downloading it here and bringing it with you on your visit.
The Reading Room is located on the first floor, accessible via lift or stairs.

Registration form [PDF]

Opening Times

Monday     9am - 5pm (Open for exhibition only)
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday   9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 8pm
Friday 9am - 5pm (Open for exhibition only)
Saturday* 9am - 5pm

*First and Third Saturday of the month only

Please note that we will be closed from Monday 9th to Friday 13th December 2019 for our biannual stocktake. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.

Disabled access

A ramp and lift have recently been installed and the building is now fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Getting There

map of the area 

By public transport

Nearest tube: Stepney Green

Bus Routes: 25, along Mile End Road

By car

There are a limited number of pay and display parking spaces in the surrounding roads as well as parking spaces for Tower Hamlets resident's permit holders.

Room Hire

We have a Ground Floor Education Room. For further information visit the Local History Library Room Hire web page.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives were awarded Accreditation in March 2018.