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Special Collections and Archives

Bishopsgate Institute's printed and archival collections cover a variety of subject areas exploring the experiences of everyday people, and facilitating the study of history from below. With a special focus on activities in and around the Capital, the archives and collections we hold can be grouped in to seven major collecting areas: 

  • Co-operation 
  • Feminist and Women's History
  • Freethought and Humanism 
  • Labour and Socialist History
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer History
  • London History
  • Protest and Campaigning.

We are also home to a growing number of photographic collections (with a focus on street photography), and oral history collections created by heritage projects and community groups.  

Using the links on the left, you can find out about our printed and archive collections in more depth. 

For information about the Special Collections and Archives service, including our policies, please see the About the Library pages and Accessing the Collections page.