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You can visit the archive and discover a unique collection of historical documents dating back to the 13th century.

The Local Studies collection includes:

  • auctioneers’ catalogues
  • biographies of famous people
  • local history
  • electoral registers
  • journals
  • local newspapers on microfilm dating from 1859
  • maps, including a large scale Ordnance Survey
  • pamphlets and other ephemera relating to local societies and organisations
  • photographs and engravings
  • trade and street directories
  • transport history

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

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 9am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 5pm.

The Local Studies service operates an appointment system. For more information or to book an appointment e-mail the team at local.history@enfield.gov.uk or call 020 8379 2724.

Fees and Charges

We do charge to use our photocopying, scanning and printing services. Click here for a full list.

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

Enfield History Factsheets 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.

Click here for more information.