Enfield local studies and archives exist to identify, acquire and preserve archival materials that document the history of the London Borough of Enfield. We make these records available to the benefit of Enfield's residents and visitors.
Address and contact details
Opening hours: Tuesday to Thursdays, 11am to 3pm by appointment only.
There are many types of records here at local studies. We have dedicated staff and volunteers with experience of dealing with local and family history questions. They are here on-hand to help you find the sort or record you may need to answer your questions.
Among our many records we have:
- books on the local history of the area - these include transport history and biographies of famous local people
- journals, pamphlets and ephemera relating to local societies, schools and organisations
- local newspapers dating from 1859
- over 200 maps, including the first 4 editions of Enfield OS maps in 6 inch and 25 inch scale
- trade and street directories
- electoral registers
- over 10,000 photographs of the local area dating back to the 1860s
- auctioneers’ catalogues
- 4 PCs for online family history research
- 2 microfilm readers and 1 microfiche reader
- records about the 3 former local authorities, Edmonton, Enfield and Southgate
- resources for teachers and schools
- records dating from 1271
- original maps dating from 1656
The collection continues to grow thanks to generous donations from members of the public, local organisations and Enfield Council. If you have any local historical records and photos that you are thinking of donating, we would love to hear from you.
These websites provide:
- census information (including 1911 census)
- indexes to birth, marriage and death records
- parish registers
- military records
- and much more