Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library
The Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library Searchroom is based at Vestry House Museum.
We can help you if you are interested in researching the following:
- Your family history
- The history of your house or street
- The development of the local area and local communities
- Subjects for a school project or for academic research
We hold on one site a wide range of manuscript, printed and pictorial resources for research into all aspects of the history of the Waltham Forest area.
Searchroom opening times
Thursday-Saturday: 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm.
Please note: Searchroom visits are by prior appointment only.
We hold wide-ranging primary sources for the history of our local community.
These include records of:
- Anglican parishes since 1575 (including parish registers)
- Chingford Mount Cemetery
- Local authorities
- Places of worship
- Properties and historic buildings
- Clubs and societies
Extensive name indexes and local census returns are available in our Searchroom.
Local Studies Library
The range of printed sources available in our Searchroom includes:
- Local newspapers
- Trade directories
- Electoral registers
- Council minutes and reports
- Ordnance Survey and other maps
- Secondary sources including biographies, histories of organisations, pamphlets and ephemera
You can view these resources free of charge, although you will need to make an appointment in advance.
Copying facilities are available, subject to copyright requirements and the physical condition of the original material. Please ask a member of staff for more information and charges.
We regret that we cannot do research for you, but we are here to help you choose relevant sources and make full use of our facilities.
Free Wi-Fi is available in our Searchroom.
Free access to these online resources is available in our Searchroom:
- Find My Past
- Essex Ancestors (via Seax from Essex Record Office)
Please contact us to make an appointment. Our contact details are shown on the right.
The Searchroom is situated on the first floor, which is accessible by stairs only. If you would prefer to work in a ground floor room, please let us know when you book your appointment.
View a list of parish registers available for Waltham Forest.
View a list of non-conformist church registers available for Waltham Forest.