Research Room

Photo of the Museum of Croydon Research Room, ground floor, Clocktower.

The Museum of Croydon Research Room opened on the Lower Ground floor of Croydon Clocktower in September 2013. It is designed to improve access to all of the borough's historic collections, including the borough's archives and local history collections.

For opening hours and access information, please see our 'Visit Us' page.

Download our User guide to the Museum of Croydon Research Room [PDF file, 105kb, opens in new tab / window].

In the Research Room you can access the following resources:

  • Historic maps of the borough - use our Ordnance Survey maps from the 1890s - 1950s to see how Croydon has changed over time;

  • Family history online - five computer stations to enable you to research the history of your family using a range of online resources;

  • Croydon newspapers on microfilm - read local newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries on two microfilm reader / printers;

  • Street directories - find out who lived in your house, or whether it even existed, between 1861 and 1959;

  • Historic photos - browse thousands of photos of Croydon in the past, organised by street and area;

  • Electoral rolls - see who was, and is, registered to vote in every ward and street in Croydon; find out more here Self help guide for Electoral Registers

  • Local history research material - browse a range of sources telling the story of Croydon;

  • Request items from the collections in store - including the art, archive, local history and oral history collections;

If you have any queries, or wish to order items in advance of your visit, please contact us. We will be happy to help.

The National Archives, Accredited Archive Service logo.We are committed to making our collections more accessible to local people. In 2013-14 we prioritised displaying the Croydon Art Collection and relocating access to the local history and archive collections. In 2014-15, we delivered online access to the collections catalogue and, in 2016-17, we prioritised improving access to, and understanding of, the borough's archive collections leading to our application for Archives Service Accreditation, which was awarded in March 2017.