Wandsworth's Heritage Service is now managed and run by contractor Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL).
About the Heritage Service
- records for the borough dating back to 1489
- a wide range of books and articles on the borough's history
- hundreds of old newspapers, maps, plans, census returns and other documents.
Search the archive catalogue
Archives of the borough can be found by searching our archive catalogue. Please contact us in advance if you would like to see archive material as it is not always possible to get it out on the day.
You can use our resources to find out about Battersea councillor John Archer, who was one of Britain 's first black mayors, or St Mary's Church in Putney, the headquarters of Oliver Cromwell's Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. The records we hold include:
- World War II air raid reports
- Justice of the Peace minutes
- Diaries and letters of local residents such as the poet Edward Thomas
- Records of the historic civil parishes that made up the borough: Battersea, Clapham, Putney, Streatham, Tooting and Wandsworth
- Records of the Wandsworth District Board of Works
- Records of local organisations, from political parties to cricket clubs
More information about archives and other resources available for researching the history of the borough can be found in this Local and Family History Resources guide by Dorian Gerhold.
Many original records relating to Wandsworth are held by other organisations, such as the London Metropolitan Archives.
Heritage Festival 30 May to 16 June 2013
Learn about the history of Wandsworth in a fortnight of events, talks and exhibitions.
For more details, including booking information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the heritage festival brochure.