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 1000 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 email archives@croydon.gov.uk providing details of your enquiry including the reference identifier of the item(s) of interest and we will confirm your appointment. We retrieve collections from our store each Monday and they are available Tuesday from 1 - 5pm and Wednesday to Saturday, 10.30 - 5pm each week.

Developing our online collections

In 2015, we began the migration of our collections to this new online platform. There are now details of over 700 collections 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).

We are not the place of deposit for Church of England records for this area, these are held at Surrey History Centre, although many of these are available here online via Ancestry.

Work is ongoing and we hope to make all our collections available on this catalogue soon . This includes our deeds collections and faith community records.