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Archives and local history

Access to view archive material is by appointment only and places are limited. Due to staff changes we will not be arranging any appointments until after 11th January 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The archives service will be open again after the 11th and normal opening hours are Monday and Tuesday, 10.00am to 5.00pm. To book a seat, please call 0208 753 3850 or email

Local studies material such as photographs, maps, local newspapers, church and school magazines and local history reference books are all available to view without making a booking.

The Local Studies and Archives, Hammersmith Library, Shepherds Bush Road.

Changes to the location of collections previously held by H&F Local Studies and Archives

Review of Archive Collection prior to relocation report

The Archives and Local History Centre holds the archives and local history collections for Hammersmith and Fulham, including documents, books, maps, photographs and paintings, old newspapers and other sources for family and house history. These records come from the council and its predecessor bodies, local institutions such as hospitals, churches and schools, and from members of the local community.

Are you interested in tracing your family history or house history, or looking at how your neighbourhood has changed over the years? Maybe you want to learn more about notable local residents or local pottery works? Whatever your interests, staff and volunteers will be happy to assist your research, either in person or through email.

Local Studies material is available to view during library opening hours. To view specialist archives, please book an appointment in advance. We welcome school visits by prior arrangement, and offer introduction to archives talks to community groups.

Volunteering at the Archives is a great way to help people to explore the borough’s history; meet like-minded enthusiasts, and work closely with the Archivist. Contact us below to discuss current opportunities.

The Archivist is present on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10am to 5pm, please see below for contact details.

Borough history

The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham comprises the former Metropolitan Boroughs of Fulham and Hammersmith. Both were in the county of Middlesex before 1889 and in the county of London from 1889 to 1965.

Although Hammersmith was part of the ancient parish of Fulham until 1834, Hammersmith vestry was responsible for the administration of the Hammersmith part of the parish from the early 17th century. The Fulham District Board of Works was created in 1855 and covered both Fulham and Hammersmith parishes until it was abolished in 1886.

From 1837 to 1845 the parishes of Fulham and Hammersmith were part of the Kensington Poor Law Union. In 1845 the two parishes united to form the Fulham Union. This was dissolved in 1899 and the parishes became the separate unions of Fulham and Hammersmith until 1930. In 1992 the holdings of the Archives Department at Shepherds Bush Library, the Fulham Local Collection at Fulham Library and the Hammersmith Local Collection at Hammersmith Library were amalgamated into the current Hammersmith and Fulham Archive and Local Studies Collection.

Other relevant links

» Full list of current archive holdings

» London Metropolitan Archives

» The National Archives

Contact us

Hammersmith & Fulham Archives and Local History Centre
First Floor
Hammersmith Library
Shepherd's Bush Road
W6 7AT

Opening hours Monday and Tuesday, 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Before visiting to view archives, please contact us in advance to make an appointment. Due to staff changes we will not be arranging any appointments until after 11th January 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Local studies material is available on the open shelves and is accessible during the Library's opening hours; an appointment is not necessary.
Telephone: 0208 753 3850

Hammersmith Broadway Underground station

Buses 9, 10, 27, 190, 220, 267, 283, 295, 391, H91

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Accessibility: Disabled access via lift
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Page last updated: 16/12/2015