Local Studies Library and Archive

Local Studies Library and Archive

The dedicated Local Studies library and archive is located on the first floor of the Dugdale.

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You can visit the archive and discover a unique collection of historical documents dating back to the 13th century.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 online genealogy websites. Access to these resources is only available in Local Studies.

Online Catalogue

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

View the catalogue here

Opening Times

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

The Local Studies Unit operates by appointment only. You should email the team or call in advance to book a date and time for an appointment.

For more information, visit the website, email the team or call 020 8379 2724.