Local Studies Library and Archive


The Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive is located on the first floor of the Dugdale Centre.

Local Studies identifies, acquires, and preserves materials that document the history of Enfield , making these records available to residents and visitors.

You can visit the archive and discover a unique collection of historical documents dating back to the 13th century.

We also have four computers offering free access to research online and genealogy websites. Access to these resources is only available in Local Studies Centre at the Dugdale Centre.

Opening Times*

Enfield Local Studies & Archive will be reopening on Tuesdays the 13th of April 2021.

Please note we now operate on a strict appointment only system and drop in visitors are no longer allowed. Our opening times are Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays 11.00am to 3.00pm, if you would like to book an appointment please e-mail local.history@enfield.gov.uk or telephone 0208 379 2724

Online Catalogue

The online catalogue is a database for researchers to access details about our Local Studies and Archive collections. It contains collection and item level descriptions including manuscripts, bibliographic records, digital images of photographs and many other types of material held by us.

View The Catalogue

Our Collections

We have a range of items in our collections to help you with your research. Find out more about what we have here

History of Your Property

If you want to find out the history of your house, our Local Studies team can help! Find out more here

Local History Trails, Walks and Projects

Our Local History Factsheets provide an insight into many aspects of Enfield's varied history, from its industry and railways to its religion and its architecture. Visit this page for archival projects we have undertaken too.

Click here for more information

Donations and Loans

Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive is happy to consider all offers of donations or loans to enrich its collection.

Find out more information here

Historic places to Visit in Enfield

Enfield has a long and distinguished history which has something for everyone.

Walk in the footsteps of Tudor kings and queens, explore grand houses of ages past, stand where Guy Fawkes stood when hatching the gunpowder plot, or immerse yourself in myth and legend with a visit to the site of Camelot Castle.

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