Bishopsgate Institute’s London Collections contain around 150,000 books and pamphlets on the social and cultural history of London, along with 2,000 maps and around 500,000 photographs. The Collection is particularly strong on the Bishopsgate and Spitalfields area.

The London archives hold an extensive collection of press cuttings about the area around the Institute dating from 1740. We also offer one of the country's finest collections of London guidebooks and trade directories.

The other Special Collections and Archives on London history include organisations, such as the London History Workshop or the Eton Manor Boys' Club, and also archives of individuals, such as historian Raphael Samuel, police officer Frederick Wensley or Lord Mayor Sir Ralph Perring.

The Institute's own history is held in the Bishopsgate Institute archive, along with information about prominent individuals connected to our organisation, including social reformer William Rogers, librarian Charles Goss and architect Charles Harrison Townsend.

Collections

  1. Wensley Family Archive

  2. Swadhinata Trust

  3. Spitalfields Inventory

  4. Society of Public Librarians

    Founded in 1895

  5. Selections from the Raphael Samuel Archive: Online Exhibition

  6. Island Stories

  7. Raphael Samuel Audio Collection

  8. Raphael Samuel's Talks and Publications: Cumulative Bibliographies

  9. The Archive

  10. The Raphael Samuel Archive

    1934 -1996

  11. Rogers, William

    1819-1896

  12. Perring, Sir, Ralph

    1905-1998