The Museum of Croydon exists to collect, conserve and interpret Croydon's cultural heritage, so that everyone can take part in creative and enjoyable learning experiences. The Borough Archive contains over 600 archive collections relating to the London Borough of Croydon, its predecessor bodies and the diverse community it now serves.

Please search and browse our collections to find out more about the history of Croydon and its residents.

How to view physical collection items

Physical items from these collections are accessible, by appointment, in the Museum of Croydon Research Room (Lower Ground Floor) at Croydon Clocktower. If you would like to view collection items, then please contact us providing details of your enquiry including the reference identifier of the item(s) of interest and we will confirm your appointment.

Developing our online collections

In January 2015, a new Borough Archivist was appointed to begin the migration of our collections to this new online platform. Phase 1 is now complete and details of over 300 collections are currently available. These include our collection of admissions registers and log books for local schools and around 150 collections of personal papers, individuals or local firms records.

We are a place of deposit for health records such as Board of Guardian records and Cane Hill Asylum registers (but not individual patient records) which are included in Phase 1.

We are not the place of deposit for Church of England records for this area, although many of these are available online via Ancestry.

Work is ongoing and Phase 2 will make all our existing collections available. These will include our deeds collections and faith community records.