City of Westminster Archives Centre

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Sustaining and safeguarding the past as inspiration for the future.

City of Westminster Archives Centre's extensive collections document the fascinating socio-economic, cultural and administrative history of Westminster.

The Centre is open to all: we offer access to our collections free of charge and without appointment. The Centre also hosts a wide range of exhibitions, talks and special events throughout the year, and provides a popular Education and Outreach service.

The Archives Centre houses the archives of Jaeger, Liberty and Gillows, which together form part of Westminster Libraries’ Art and Design Collection, a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Tues-Thurs 10.00-19.00
Fri-Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed: Sundays and Mondays

Admission charges

Free admission.

Additional info

Registered assistance dogs are welcome.

Westminster Archives Centre is a vast source of information on family, local, business and community history. Our local government records date back to 1460 and we have extensive collections of visual material, including over 60,000 prints and photographs.

Special collections include the William Blake Collection and a Theatre Collection.

The Centre holds archives of Liberty & Co, Jaeger, and Gillow. These form part of Westminster Libraries’ Art and Design Collection, a Designated Collection of national and international significance which is central to the study of decorative arts.

Collection details

World Cultures, Trade and Commerce, Social History, Performing Arts, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Local history resources
  • Family history resources
  • Local government records
  • William Blake
  • London Theatre
  • Liberty & Co
  • Jaeger
  • Gillow
  • Grosvenor Estate
  • Reference collection
  • Designated Collection
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Crossing the White Line: The Walter Tull Story

As part of the project 'Crossing the White Line:The Walter Tull Story' City of Westminster Archives has produced a range of KS2 learning resources (The resources can be adapted for KS3). The resouces look at the life of Walter Tull, Britain's first black army officer, who fought and died in WW1. The unit has been adapted to fit in with History UNIT 20 What can we learn about a famous person?


  • Peter Daniel
  • Phil Vasili
  • Camilla Bergman

How to obtain

All resources are free to download from the Crossing the White Line website

City of Westminster Archives Centre
10 St Ann's Street
Greater London


Archives Centre website





020 7641 5180

020 7641 4879


020 7641 5179

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