Brent Archives

Brent Archives is here to help you find out more about the history of the local area.

Our collections

We hold collections related to the London Borough of Brent and its residents and we have an online catalogue for you to search.

Council records

We hold the records of Brent Council and its predecessors (Wembley and Willesden Borough and District Councils and Local Boards), including council minutes and building plans, as well as historical maps and street directories, electoral registers, school records, and an extensive collection of old photographs and postcards.

If you want to look at school records please read our school record searches advice

Local history

Our local history collections include a large local history library book catalogue, and local newspapers dating back to 1870 as well as shorter local history resources.

We also collect the records of local groups and organisations and have produced brief history documents about areas of Brent.

If you have records you would be interested in donating, please read our collecting policy  and contact us.

Family history searches

We can help with your family or house history, as well as local history research, and offer a wide range of learning resources and support for educational projects.

We also work in partnership with other organisations to help make the material in our collections accessible in new and exciting ways.

The Ancestry database is available for our library members to use for free from any of the library computers. Find out how to book a library computer

Visiting us

Access is free but please do make an appointment and we will try to assist you in conducting your own research. However, if you are unable to visit or you want us to carry out your research for you, there will be a charge.

Any copies of images and documents you may make while with us may be subject to copyright and a reproduction charge.

View more information about copyright and reproductions.


Brent Archives
George Furness House
2-12 Grange Road
NW10 2QY