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The story of the London Borough of Islington from Anglo-Saxon village to major urban area is told through the unique collections at Islington Museum and Islington Local History Centre, which together form Islington Heritage Service.


The museum and centre holds over 100,000 items on the history of the borough and its predecessor boroughs and parishes. We aim to collect anything that helps reflect life in Islington past and present. A number of items from our collections are on permanent display at Islington Museum, while others are often featured in temporary exhibitions.


Material available for viewing or consultation include books, maps, illustrations and photographs, local newspapers, periodicals, cuttings, ephemera and pamphlets, electoral registers, street and trade directories, workhouse records and museum objects and artefacts. Islington Local History Centre also holds a number of special collections and archives, such as the Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton Collection, the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Archive and the Walter Sickert Family Collection.