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You can visit the archive and discover a unique collection of historical documents dating back to the 13th century.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

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.

*We will be closed to the public from 5.00pm on Thursday 4th July until we re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday 16th July 2019. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any enquiries during this time, please email us and we will respond after the 16th.

Fees and Charges

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

New events for 2018!

We have a number of exciting private tours coming up this year to showcase our collections. To find out what is coming up and to book, please click here

FREE Exhibition: Small Arms Factory, Roll of Honour Exhibition, 25th September – 6th March 2019

To find out more please click here. Open during Dugdale Centre opening hours.

School and group visits

Teachers and groups - make history exciting for your pupils at our lively new school session. To find out more, please click here.

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.