Notice: The Harrow Local History Collection & Archive is now open to email enquiries only. Please note, that due to the second lockdown as of 5th November, answers to enquiries may be delayed for up to one month. Please see our statement regarding our re-opening here.

For all enquiries please email collections@headstonemanor.org

The Harrow Local History Collection & Archive has existed in some form since 1948 when Wealdstone Library opened. This important collection was then given a more permanent home in the reference section of Gayton Library in 1968 after the first Local History Librarian was appointed, and was later moved to the Civic Centre Library when it opened in 1972. It moved to its current home at Headstone Manor & Museum after the Civic Centre Library closed in October 2013.

The Collection contains documents, books, ephemera, maps, and visual material relating to the current and past geographical area of the borough of Harrow and its residents.

Alternate resources for local history research are available here (link to Recommended Resources sub-page)

Recommended resources

You may find additional assistance for local history enquiries through one of the links below.

Please note that we do not hold Births, Deaths & Marriage records, or Parish records but the links below can help you with your enquiry:

Records of Births, Deaths & Marriages is available for free on:
http://www.freebmd.org.uk/

Records of some Births, Deaths & Marriages as well as Census information is available online via Ancestry, available free in Harrow Libraries:
http://www.ancestry.co.uk/

Parish records are available through the London Metropolitan Archives:
http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/things-to-do/london-metropolitan-archives/

Ordnance survey maps are accessible for free at:
https://maps.nls.uk/os/

For access to Newspaper microfilm archives please visit:
http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/index.html

Other newspapers, including the Middlesex Chronicle, can be viewed online at The British Newspaper Archive:
http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/

For access to Electoral Registers from 1832-1932 please visit the British Library:
http://www.bl.uk/news/2015/october/launch-of-electoral-registers-1832-1932-online

For details of how to access Census records please visit the National Archives website:
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/help-with-your-research/research-guides/census-records/

The Harrow Times has an online archive going back to 1999 available at:
http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/archive/

Over 2000 historical images of Harrow are available through the London Metropolitan Archives’ COLLAGE London Picture Archive:
https://collage.cityoflondon.gov.uk