‘Enfield Life’, the permanent free exhibition at the Dugdale, features objects used or manufactured in Enfield from ancient times to the present day.

Visitors to the Dugdale can also enjoy temporary exhibitions from Enfield Museum. The current exhibition ‘The Enfield Society: 80 years of Action’ runs until Sunday 8th January,

Enfield Museum’s collections contain prized artefacts from all across the borough, including items previously on display at Forty Hall and those rescued from the 1984 fire at Broomfield House. The roughly 15,000 artefacts illustrate the local, social and political history of Enfield and include a social history collection, a fine and applied art collection, natural history specimens and archaeological artefacts.

Enfield Museum will also happily consider offers of donations or loans to enrich its collection. For more information please email Jan Metcalfe, Museum Officer.

To find out more about Enfield Museum Service or if you are a teacher looking to hire one of the popular loan boxes please visit

You can email the team or contact us weekdays from 9am - 5pm on:

Dugdale centre: 020 8379 8354
Curatorial office (for museum enquiries): 020 8379 1469

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You can visit the archive and discover a unique collection of historical documents dating back to the 13th century.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

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.