Education and learning, Leisure

Securing a future for Lambeth’s past

A study is underway to determine the long term security of the Lambeth Archives.

The Archives, currently housed in the Minet Library building in Loughborough Junction, includes thousands of documents, artefacts and photographs from Lambeth’s history.

Whether you want to trace your family history, a house history, discover the origins of your neighbourhood or look at the records of Lambeth Council, the Archives have all the information available.

Lambeth council has now commissioned a Lambeth Archives Option Appraisal to help decide where the best long-term home for the Archives would be.

Cllr Sonia Winifred, Special Projects Lead, responsible for the study, said: “Securing a long term future for the Archives is hugely important. So many seminal moments in history have happened in Lambeth and the Archives are a treasure trove of information about all of it.”

Expert consultants Creative Cultures and Sue McKenzie Consulting Ltd have been appointed to oversee the study and will report back in September.

Working with local community groups, including historical societies and the Friends of Minet, They aim to find a cost effective option to ensure Lambeth Archives is able to improve standards of collection care, maintain its high service to customers and seek to expand its audience reach.

The Archives currently remain open, despite Minet Library being closed. The Archives are open to the public every day other than Wednesdays and Sundays. For more information on how to visit, go to www.lambeth.gov.uk/places/lambeth-archives.


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