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

Address: Central library, High Street, Bromley, BR1 1EX

Telephone: 020 3931 0907