Local history

Explore amazing archives, images and library books at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives. The collections include historic documents from 1384, maps, plans, photographs and newspaper cuttings.


  • your family history and explore research tips in our user guides
  • the history of your building and street
  • the history of changing communities in Tower Hamlets
  • research themes for community heritage groups and students
  • the history of London’s world famous East End

You can also

  • attend events and exhibitions
  • develop your own heritage project
  • add your own material to the collections.

The council also keeps a record of all births, marriages and deaths that have taken place in the borough since 1837. Order a certificate from Tower Hamlets Register Office.