Spanning the 17th century to the 21st century, the Archives and Manuscripts Collection contains unpublished materials relating to all areas of the United Kingdom and Ireland; London local history features prominently. The archives date mainly from the 20th century, and include personal papers and records on:
- local government
- local business
- local and branch societies and organisations.
Read more about featured collections
Exploring health and medicine in Early Modern Wales
Historian Dr Alun Withey describes the inspiration for and context of his book, Physick and the Family: Health, Medicine and Care in Wales, 1600-1750, which includes research done in the Library's archives and manuscripts. From the Wellcome Library blog.
The Hodgkin family papers
A description of the papers generated by interlinked London Quakers: the Hodgkin, Rickman and Howard families, 1737-1980. Full catalogue description of the archive.
Archives sources guides
Our archivists have compiled extensive lists of material relating to local history.
These in-depth sources guides provide access to the detailed information held in the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue. From here you may also request material from closed stores for viewing in the Library.
Sources of general local history interest
East Anglia and Essex, England
East Midlands, England
South Central England
South Midlands and the Fens, England
West Midlands and the Marches, England
How to order material
All of the items in the Library's Archives and Manuscripts Collection must be requested from the closed stores for viewing in the Rare Materials Room. Find out more about request and delivery services.
To contact the Collections team, email email@example.com or phone +44 (0)20 7611 8899 during Library opening hours.