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You can visit the archive and discover a unique collection of historical documents dating back to the 13th century.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

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

Please note: Enfield Local Studies will be closed from 5pm on Thursday the 12th of September until we re-open at 9am on the 24th of September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause

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. New visitors will be required to complete a brief registration form on arrival.

Fees and Charges

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

New Behind The Scenes Tours for 2019!

We have a number of exciting private tours coming up this year to showcase our collections.
Friday 27th September 2019 – Enfield Wartime Records from the Archives
Friday 30th August & Friday 25th October 2019– Maps in Enfield
All tours are £3 pp, limited availability.

To find out more go to our What On page.

FREE Exhibition: When Peace Broke Out – 20 July 2019 – 31 December 2019, 1st floor of the Dugdale Centre.

Visit our Exhibitions page for more information.

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.

Click here for more information.