Historic collections - our resources

Our resources

We hold material relating to the people, places, institutions and organisations of the London Borough of Bromley and its predecessor authorities.

Bromley historic collections is home to:

  • books
  • maps
  • historical photographs and illustrations
  • local newspapers and magazines
  • pamphlets
  • street directories
  • specialist collections on the Crystal Palace, Walter de la Mare, Enid Blyton and H.G. Wells.

The archive collection including:

  • records of the London Borough of Bromley and its predecessor authorities
  • parish records for the Deaneries of Bromley, Beckenham and Orpington
  • electoral registers
  • workhouse records;
  • magistrate court records
  • school records
  • estate papers
  • business papers
  • personal papers

Not all of our archive material is currently catalogued. We report details of our new deposits annually to The National Archives who publish information at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/accessions.

The museum collection including:

  • Archaeological finds
  • Ethnographic collections, including the Lubbock Collection
  • Natural history collections
  • Decorative Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Numismatics (medals and coins)
  • Social history collection

Historic collections


Tel: 020 3931 0907

Central library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX