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What's On

We are working hard to keep our services running in these unprecedented times, while making sure we incorporate all government guidance to help protect our visitors and staff.

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is currently closed until further notice, and we have postponed our programme of events.

We are still working behind the scenes, and you can email us directly at While staff will have limited access to the collections at this time, we will do whatever we can to answer your queries.

COVID-19 collecting volunteer project

Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is currently closed to the public due the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Staff are working hard behind the scenes however and we'd like to invite you to help us document the impact of the virus and the lockdown measures in place and organisations in the borough.

To find out more read our Life During Lockdown: COVID-19 collecting volunteer project summary and see how you can get involved.

Online exhibition

We are pleased to report that a new online exhibition is now available. From Town Hall to Local History Library & Archives: a short history of our service and premises, 1861-2015 is based on research undertaken for last year's 50th anniversary celebrations of the borough.

If you've ever wondered about the history of our Grade 2 listed building here on Bancroft Road, these web pages will reveal all.

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