Please Note: The Local History Collection is currently closed to enquiries and appointments until October 2020. Please see our statement regarding the closure here.

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.

You can also see some of the films and film clips we have in the Archive by visiting the London Screen Archives website. Over 60 films and film clips of civic events, celebrations, and events as well as films made by local cine club, Harrow Film Makers are available to watch for free! You can contact the LSA directly to license the films for commercial use, distribution, or to play for events.

Online resources are also available for local history enquiries. Browse a selection of them here.

 

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Jane McAdam Freud: The Intelligent Instinct

January 20 @ 10:00 am - September 20 @ 4:00 pm FREE
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Jane’s exhibition attempts to connect the trinity of the ‘unspoken’, i.e. Art, Instinct and Taboo. Art, like life is subject…

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Harrow through the Heart – Landscapes by Alexandra Veres

October 6 @ 10:00 am - November 1 @ 4:00 pm
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Alexandra Veres celebrates beauty through her art, which is informed by the culture, experience and knowledge she has accumulated over…

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